Marley & Moose is a mom-owned eco-friendly children’s store.
We source brands with an eye toward sustainability and who are continually improving and reducing the impact on our planet from their sourcing and materials to manufacturing and shipping. Over 75% of our suppliers are woman-owned businesses and most contribute to the social good. In this business, motherhood and in life, I am not always perfect but continually learning, growing, and doing better.
Marley & Moose was founded in 2021, fulfilling a long dream of mine to create a space that would bring together my three great but conceptually loosely connected passions....sustainability, supporting women-owned business, and early education. And over one too many late night porch chats, a children's store was born. I am not doing it alone, working beside me is my partner in life, parenting, and business, Mike.
After a decade of life in NYC, COVID provided our family the opportunity to live nomadically in 2020 throughout the U.S. before we settled into our home in the northern front range of Colorado in early 2021. Our swift departure from city life felt sudden for many, but for our last several years in NYC, we found ourselves driving each weekend upstate and often further up the Northeast to go camping and connect with nature. It was at this time we launched FivePax.com, a family adventure website focused on responsible and educational experiences involving nature and culture. Sharing our experiences of international travel and adventuring in nature helped us recognize our thirst for socially conscious entrepreneurship.
Every aspect of our business is influenced by traveling the U.S. and world as a family. Our current mountain west lifestyle give us an immersive influence of nature after living in the cultural mecca of New York City.
Individually, I have a background in both early childhood development and higher education. I love learning and guiding learners of all ages but the tiniest ones are my real passion. Above all I believe in nurturing curiosity, respectful relationhsips, and amble space for open-ended play. I've studied and draw from the approaches championed by Maria Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia, but we do not strictly adhere to any one of these in our home or try to enforce or limit product offerings at Marley & Moose.
My background in early childhood development and higher education is balanced by our realities of actually raising four tiny humans. Educational merits only go so far if they aren't practical for real life, messy, and busy families. Toys that are durable, high-quality, and made for individual, as well as, cooperative play among siblings and friends are also big considerations as we choose what to stock.
I am always available for questions, concerns, or ideas you may have so do not hesitate to reach out to me on social media @marleyandmoose.co or email me brittany at marleyandmoose dot com.