A Brand of Quirkiness: Local Mother-Daughter Duo Create Whimsical Styles for Children

It was a partnership that accidentally happened. A business partnership morphed out of the mother-daughter relationship of Lisa and Jamie Thompson.

With combined skills in graphic and textile design, and daughter Jamie’s desire to have more freedom from her corporate design job, the two created online children’s retailer Oh Bessie.

“It has brought us closer, but sometimes I feel like we are more like business partners,” Lisa said. “But it has enhanced or broadened our relationship.”

Lisa acknowledges that starting a business is hard work. She’s had other ventures throughout her career, which prepared her for the responsibilities of Oh Bessie. She couldn’t imagine taking on this endeavor when her four children were small. Oh Bessie has become her fifth child.

“If someone were to go into business with their kids, they need to know that their relationship is strong enough, that there won’t be negative repercussions from doing it,” Lisa said. “A few times along the way, I worried about it.”

“The older I get, the more I realize what an amazing accomplishment it was for her to manage four kids’ schedules and raise them fairly successfully,” Jamie laughed. Lisa beamed.

Check out their products at ohbessie.com.



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