Welcome! Since Mother’s Day is just around the corner, here is a fun little Mother’s Day edition with Brooke Fossett and her daughter Delaney. Enjoy, as we also continue featuring some of the women owned small businesses that keep this town unique, special and interesting! This shoot was done outdoors and always at least six feet apart.
This is Brooke–with a special guest appearance from her sweet daughter, Delaney. Brooke is a rock star small business owner doing all she can to keep her amazing boutique spa, The Brow House, afloat during this very challenging time–honestly it’s been amazing to watch her innovation and creativity come to life. I know I am not the only one missing this super cool and wonderful place–and the beautiful, sweet women that work there. Aside from being the head Brow House Babe, Brooke wears many other hats–mother, wife and friend to so many! She is a tough cookie, with a very big heart! Enjoy reading more about Brooke and Delaney!
Oh, and, if you are in a position to support The Brow House, here are some ways to do so–we all can use a little pampering and self care right now–right? Their online shop just went up and is full of fun products–and are offering 10% off of e-gift cards–a great gift idea for a special mom/friend or to pamper yourself! They offer free shipping, gift wrap and local delivery too!
us: So, Brooke, tell us a little bit about yourself . . .
her: Heeeeyyy! I’m Brooke owner and esthetician at The Brow House here in Charlottesville. Professionally, I am a brow artist, licensed esthetician, lash tech, massage therapist and herbalist. I have a wonderful husband and a daughter–aka the Jr. Boss–and a hound dog named Sweetie. Born in Philly, raised in Chicago, I’ve lived coast to coast and in between. We moved here via Colorado a few years back where home base was for 15 years. Spending time with friends and family is very important to us. I love all things beauty and fashion. I might have a few pairs of shoes in my closet! I’m passionate about helping others and the environment. I’m an animal and plant lover at heart. Life long astrology student, Aries-sun, sagittarius-moon, Capricorn-rising. I love to read, dance, bike, snowboard, listen to records, see live music, and make crafts with my kid in my free time. I thrive having a lot on my plate and never want to stop learning or laughing.
us: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
her: Coco Verde bowl, subbed cashew milk for coconut water from The Juice laundry!
us: Does pineapple belong on pizza?
her: Would you believe I have never had pineapple on pizza? Usually it comes with ham, and a I’m veggie and have never been brave enough to order on my own! Guess I’m going to have to try it now!
us: Do you sleep in your socks?
her: Not unless I have been snowboarding all day and can’t warm up! I use to live at 10,000 feet with a wood fire stove, so let me tell you . . . lots of nights in socks–maybe even two pair.
us: What’s your go-to midnight snack?
her: Chips and salsa.
us: Mountains or beach?
her: I love both! I’m married to a surfer, so we have been to a few beaches but my heart will always be in the Rocky mountains.
us: Current favorite song?
her: I love music, but I can tell I’m getting older! Can’t stop listening to anything from the 90s!
us: Salty or sweet?
her: Currently salty, but both really!
us: Pet peeve?
her: Lack of self awareness. It’s something everyone needs to work on and continue to work on in life. No one is perfect, but some seem to choose not to care at all. Drives me nuts!
us: Room entrance song:
her: Any dance hall reggae you can shake your booty too . . . I can hear the air horn now!
us: Favorite place you’ve traveled to?
her: Rosita Arvigo’s Farm in San Ignacio, Belize. Life changing, but that’s a story for another day.
us: What’s your favorite room in your house?
her: A few days before we were self quarantined, we moved in to our new home we had been building for about a year. (Shout out to Southern homes and Lori Meistrill from Nest!) So the whole house is my favorite at this point, but really where ever my family is hanging out.
us: Who has been the most influential woman in your life?
her: My mom of course, she is an OG feminist. Taught me I could do anything I put my mind to. Let me wear crazy outfits to elementary school and told me to be myself. It back fired on her a few times when I was older . . . lol . . . but still. She’s my support system and best friend. Really all the women in my family. I was lucky enough to have relationships with my grandmothers who were each incredible women in their own ways. I worshiped my “super cool” Aunts growing up. And now I’m inspired by my younger cousins . . . one is about to be our first PHD in the family and another is a ER nurse in NYC during COVID. Talk about rock stars.
us: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
her: I could say my marriage of 17 years, my awesome daughter or my business. But really, the team of women at The Brow house. I never questioned actually opening the business, partly because I had awesome mentors and years of experience. (Thank you Nicki and Faye!) I have watched my employees grow, support their families and dreams. They have stuck by my side. Sometimes I sit back and think . . . whoa Kim really has chosen to work for me for 4 years–guess I’m doing something right? But I didn’t open a business not to be a good boss. I wanted to provide jobs for women and create a cool culture, a place I would want to work. I knew that wasn’t as easy as it sounds, but its worked out so far!
us: If you could give your younger self a single piece of advice, what would it be?
You know, I’m not sure? Keep doing you! I don’t have believe in regrets. I had some bumps in the road, but really I’ve created the life I want. I launched out of my parents house with bells on, and/or a back pack and a train ticket to Colorado but either way. All of the random jobs, last minute trips abroad, friendships, mistakes I made are part of who I am. I didn’t follow a laid out path, and it worked out for me.
us: Can you tell me about a challenge that you’ve overcome?
her: Ahhh, a challenge . . . life is made of challenges! I’m an Aries so challenges are my thing. I like leading the pack. But I would have to say the health challenges my family has faced. My daughter was born with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery at four months old. We had to give up so much control and trust the doctors–not an easy feat for me. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. But it has made us stronger and who we are. It is one of those situations you don’t think you
can live through, but you do and you come out on the other side better.
*Side note: Please check out https://www.josephinesvillage.com/ to learn more about Congenital heart defect awareness. Thank you to Jess and Jeff and all the hard work you do for our community.
us: Favorite Quote?
her: I love quotes! Current fave . . . “In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.” –Yoda
us: Where do you find your inspiration?
her: If you would have asked 20 years ago, I would have said fashion and music. Which is still true, but as we get older you start to see the bigger picture. I get a lot of inspiration from other women in business and in life. Taking our control back, standing up for whats right. Including mother nature, she’s pretty inspirational don’t you think?
us: Any funny or embarrassing nicknames we should know about?
her: Not really . . . Brookeee, Brookester, Brooklyn, Bee . . . my friends and family know
us: Any hidden talents we should know about?
her: I grew up golfing. I can hang on the course with the best of them. Thanks Dad!
us: What are you most thankful for?
her: If this pandemic hasn’t made you take stock of what you are thankful for, I don’t know what will. I’m thankful to be in a safe home with a husband I love and crack up with on a daily basis. I swear my daughter has woken every day of her life with a smile on her face–hard to not be thankful for that. Our dog is kinda obsessed with me, and I don’t mind that either! Thankful to have friends and family that love and support us.
us: What is your favorite thing about living in Charlottesville?
her: Easy! Our friends! My grandparents passed away a month a part from each other, and it was really hard being so far away in CO. When we were thinking about heading back east, we were drawn to Cville because my husband has childhood friends here. This won’t come as a surprise to those that know me but when we were first here I struggled for a few years it’s hard picking up your life and moving across the country as an adult leaving a life you love behind. But these friendships have made it all worth it. I have watched their children grow, they have been there for me professionally and showed up when we were in crisis. We have laughed on the beach together. I wouldn’t give these memories up for anything. And of course the girlfriends I have made on my own–I don’t know what I did to deserve them. Thank you, you all know who you are!!
Q u a r a n t i n e Q u e s t i o n s:
us: Tell us one lesson you’ve learned during your quarantine experience?
her: Oh the lessons . . . I could say something cliche like don’t ever take things for granted or that I had to pivot my business– which is all true, but I have learned those lessons before. What really sticks out to me on a daily basis is food security! I have taken this for granted. The privilege is real. Not being able to eat out too many times a week or just run to whole foods for a snack. Actually taking stock of the fridge and not letting anything go to waste. Taking the time to cook and bake which I really haven’t for a few years now. This will stick with me after this, I will never complain about going grocery shopping again. Thank you to my husband who has been holding the fort down in that department since we have opened the business. Mask or no mask its a huge privilege to fill a cart up with two weeks worth of food.
us: Favorite show to binge watch right now?
her: I haven’t binged any shows . . . believe it or not! But I have binged books. Can’t stop, wont stop!
us: Favorite local business to support during quarantine?
her: My dear friends and neighbors at The Juice Laundry. Got some new workout gear from Purvelo. Garlic tofu from Chimm. All the baby Yoda’s from Alakazam and The Hive. Gelato from Splendora’s; we had a porch portrait with Sarah Cramer Shields. New dominion books to keep the binge reading going. I’ve swung through the Bodos drive though. Had a record delivered for my husband from Melody Supreme on a special day. Paletas from La Michoacana. Really as many as I can–so many more on my list too!
us: Have you taken on new hobbies or discovered a new talent during this time indoors?
her: Well, like reading books, I think I have gone back to a few hobbies that I haven’t had time for before all of this–reading, baking, yoga..building a online shop . . . lol.
us: What one thing you can’t live without right now?
her: Face time/zoom. It’s how we have stayed connected. My daughter is an extrovert–full of life, with out it I don’t even know where she would be. Pretty cute listening to nine year olds hang out on face time! Checkins with teachers and classmates. Zoom chats with the Brow House babes. Telemedicine calls with our doctors. I know technology is a tricky balance, but thank goddess for it right now!
Thank you Brooke and Delaney for sharing with us!