Bairns & Tots was founded by Camila Paola, a 20-something mother of one, coffee enthusiast, and self-proclaimed barista!
Fun Fact: Camila is also a singer/songwriter. Her father began teaching her how to play guitar at 10 years of age. At age 12, she auditioned and was accepted into the one and only public middle to high school music school in the US, “Escuela Libre de Música, Ernesto Ramos Antonini”, in Hato Rey, PR, where she became a formally trained opera singer. She was part of San Juan’s children’s choir as a child and during college she sang for various university choirs such as “Universidad Metropolitana” and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.
Originally from the beautiful enchanted island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, Camila Paola moved to the State of Florida in 2013 after graduating college with a degree in marketing in pursue of career opportunities in her field of study. In Florida, she learned to love the taste and smell of the cuban “colada” [cuban coffee] while roaming the streets of Miami Beach and the Little Havana. She began working at an ad agency upon graduating and a year later found an opportunity for working at a tech company.
As the purest expression of serendipity, in 2015 after dating for two years, she got engaged and married the love of her life; the man she used to watch walking around during freshman year and never officially met until 6 years later. Shortly after, they learned they were pregnant and it would be a boy! He was born in early 2016 on the day of the three wise men, a tradition and important day in hispanic culture. After only 3 months of giving birth, she returned to working full-time, only to find herself saddened and thinking of ways she could stay home and care for her baby while still being able to earn a living. She kept losing her sleep (mostly because of having a baby) thinking: “There has to be a way, there has to!”
With background in graphic and web design, she thought of how she could use those skills to build her own business. But, if only she knew what type of business…
During her muse journey, she found an online community named The Founding Moms®. A collective of online resources for mom entrepreneurs and offline exchanges. She wanted to attend a local exchange to meet other #mompreneurs, only to find that there were no groups in her local area at the time. It was then that she decided to become the Host herself in the area of South Florida! What did she have to lose? She could meet other moms that had already embarked the entrepreneurial journey and could teach her a thing or two!
While sharing with other moms and trying to find her business identity, she was struck with a business idea. She noticed that everyone kept complementing her on how she dressed her son and asking about where she bought his things. After all, she’s a young (cool) mom that loves shopping for modern, stylish and trendy accessories and items for her son that also complement her style. This means, her diaper bag doesn’t look like a diaper bag! So… why not start her very own baby/children store and help ALL babies look hip and stylish?
Thus, Bairns & Tots was born! The store for modern and trendy parenting.