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Love Child: Bloom + Grow

Bottle shop on the horizon + crowdfunding campaign with NuMarket

If you’ve shopped at Love Child – you know it’s a labor of love just by taking in every beautiful detail from the fresh cut flowers to the retro Palm Springs vibe.  Love Child came to life in March of 2020, and is the offspring of two best friends – beverage veteran Crystal Mills and Floral Designer Colleen Dunleavy. Combining their love of cocktails and flowers, Crystal & Colleen created Love Child with the goal of building a space that would bring together the community to celebrate and be creative. Currently, the retail concept at Love Child is centered around fresh and dried florals, cocktail-making supplies, and gifts. Creative workshops are also being offered in the space.

Things were off to a positive start and then the pandemic hit.

“It was a terrifying time! When you’re thinking about starting a business, you’re already filled with a ton of emotions. Throw in all of the unknown that 2020 contained, and it definitely wasn’t for the faint of heart. However the silver lining is that it increased our problem solving skills, teamwork skills, and our ability to remain flexible and really listen to what the community wanted in a store like ours,” said Dunleavy.

“For the last year and a half, we have felt the LOVE from our community. They’ve allowed us to keep doing what we’re passionate about, and have truly made us feel like we are a part of the neighborhood of South Boston. We’re often asked by our community how they can support us, so we decided to take a plunge into crowdfunding” said Mills.

The two recently launched a crowdfunding campaign via NuMarket to help Love Child grow in addition to applying for an off-premise package store license.  This will make Love Child one of Boston’s few women-owned package stores, and also the city’s first concept centered around flowers and beverages.

The new concept of Love Child will guide the consumer through wine, beer, and spirits based on experience, style, region, and Crystal and Colleen’s favorites. There will be high quality products at a range of price points, and a few familiar favorites. Love Child will additionally serve as a traditional florist, with grab-and-go flower offerings.

So be a part of Love Child’s campaign! You will get back 120% of your funding in credits to use towards the store in South Boston or online. Get more Love Child by supporting Love Child!

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.