Entrepreneurs to Watch

Local business owners who aren’t afraid to think outside the box

By Maria Allen | Photography by Jack Foley

Fresh Water Advocates
Kimberly Reilly and Megan Hayes, founders of Everybody Water

More and more companies are realizing the importance of incorporating social responsibility into their business models. When Cohasset residents Kimberly Reilly and Megan Hayes started researching the global water crisis two years ago they decided to create a product that would give consumers a way to give back. “One fifth of the population in the world doesn’t have access to clean water,” says Hayes. “We knew we wanted to be part of the solution.”

Launched in the fall of 2018, Everybody Water produces single-serving drinking water packaged in sustainably produced paperboard boxes (which cuts down on the amount of plastic going into landfills) and bio-based caps made from sugar cane. The company donates three percent of their gross sales to the global water charity Water1st International, which brings clean water to communities around the world by installing sinks, showers and toilets in family homes. Last year, the two friends traveled with members of the nonprofit to Honduras and most recently to Bangladesh to see how the funds are directly improving the lives of hundreds of people. With the first shipment of Everybody Water launching in early 2019, South Shore residents can look forward to their first taste of “water with a heart” available locally at Seabird Coffee Co. and Balance Studio in Cohasset as well as other retailers in the months to come.
For more information, visit everybodywater.com.

 

Child Safety Innovator
Kaitlyn Litchfield, founder of Lamb & Lou

It’s a scene that every parent can identify with: You’re at the grocery store with a young child sitting in the shopping cart. You turn your back for a moment to select an item off the shelf and turn back around to discover your pint-sized Houdini-child has somehow managed to climb out of their seat and is reaching precariously over the edge of the cart. Fed up by the stress of such incidents, Marshfield resident Kaitlyn Litchfield set out to solve the problem. Unable to find an existing product that would keep her child secure while she shopped, the young mother decided to invent one.
A photographer by trade, Litchfield had no prior experience in product design, but she was fueled by passion for her product idea. Having served as the executive director of the South Shore Young Professionals for several years, Litchfield tapped her extensive network to find local businesses that could help make her dream a reality.

“I watched a lot of Shark Tank,” says Litchfield, who came up with her child safety device in March and launched her business, Lamb & Lou, in September. Her invention is a durable zip-on vest with straps that clip onto any ordinary shopping cart. The product makes the child feel safe and gives parent’s a little peace of mind. The first batch of Litchfield’s products are due to be released in early 2019.
For more information, visit lambandlou.com

 

Plant-based Connoisseur
Pat McAuley, Owner of Rewild

With long beer hall tables and whimsical spray-painted murals by Quincy artist Brand Rockwell on the walls, customers know they’re in for something different as soon as they walk through the door at Rewild. Weymouth resident Pat McAuley opened the plant-based Quincy eatery back in October and there’s been a buzz about the business ever since. McAuley is a major proponent of living a plant-based lifestyle, which he says has helped his own health issues, but he’s not preachy about the concept. Instead, Rewild is designed to be welcoming and fun while offering approachable plant-based (vegan) alternatives to a range of traditional comfort foods.

Standout menu items include a deliciously spicy Buffalo Pizza made with house-made cashew “cheese,” and the Wild One Burger that features an Impossible Burger patty (that tastes, smells and sizzles like real beef) topped with fried pickles, pickled onions and a chipotle aioli that will have you licking your plate clean.

McAuley was part of the team that established the Weymouth brewery Barrel House Z back in 2016 and his enthusiasm for the local craft beer scene is reflected in the array of local beers on tap at Rewild. Guests can also sip on wine, kombucha, tea or artisanal coffee. In the back of the restaurant there’s a stage that hosts live music on weekends. “We’re not a juice bar,” says McAuley. “We want people to come in and have a pizza and a beer and leave satisfied.”
For more information, visit eatrewild.com.

 

Healthy Fast Foodie
Carley Dunphy, founder of The Blendah Babes

If you’re aiming to eat healthier, food prep is key. But who has time for that? Thankfully, there’s a new South Shore product to make it easier to incorporate more wholesome fruits and veggies into your diet. Kingston resident Carley Dunphy got her start operating a smoothie food truck four years ago, but sold the truck last year to focus on a new business model. She is the founder of The Blendah Babes, a business that sells ready-to-blend nutritious smoothie ingredients in the freezer section at local grocery stores. Dunphy is a young mother and a wellness advocate who understands how busy families are and she hopes that her products make eating healthy a little easier.

The Blendah Babes currently offers five different smoothie options, which are all made from organic produce, plant-based protein and super seeds. The smoothies are all vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free and they last for up to six months in the freezer. Favorite flavors include the Peanut Butter Cup and Strawberry Fields Forever. “I do all of the shopping and I wash and chop everything by hand,” says Dunphy. The produce is then frozen and packaged in 16-ounce cups, which are sold locally at places like The Fruit Center in Hingham, Clements Market in Manomet, The Market at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Scituate Village Market, Good Health Natural Foods in Hanover and at the Lola Grace Farmer’s Market at the Hanover Mall. Dunphy also offers a delivery service for orders of eight or more smoothies.
For more information, visit blendahbabes.com.

 

Pampering Pet Lovers
Ryan and Cynthia Dreyer, owners of unFURgettable Pet Resort & Spa

After spending the 2017 holiday season apart from their family because they couldn’t find a suitable boarding facility for their dog and cat, Ryan Dreyer and his wife Cynthia Cano-Dreyer were inspired to found unFURgettable Pet Resort & Spa. “We toured about 10 different facilities and none of them were up to our standards,” says Dreyer. “Some would only take dogs, some charged extra to take your dog outside for a walk, none of them offered 24-hour supervision after the lobby closed or webcams so we could watch our pets while we were away.” Feeling that there was a need for a more thoughtful and upscale pet care service, the couple teamed up with Dreyer’s mother, Mary Lou, to create one from the ground-up.

Located in Hanover, UnFURgettable Pet Resort & Spa opened its doors in October. The facility offers 15 private dog suites for overnight stays, including five “luxury” rooms. Each room is outfitted with either a twin or toddler-sized bed, a TV on the wall that streams dogTV and a webcam so the owner can watch their pet from anywhere. There are also nine cat suites that have a hidden litter box, multi-level shelving and a comfy cat bed. “The cats also get a huge aquarium in the middle of the room to entertain them and if they’re social they can come out and play together on our Kitty Mansion,” says Dreyer. The facility also offers expert grooming services and doggie daycare. “The most gratifying part of our job is when a shy or anxious dog comes to stay with us and by the time they’re ready to go home they’re acting relaxed and happy,” says Dreyer. “Seeing a smile on the face of both the owner and the pet reminds us why we’re doing this.”
For more information, visit unFURgettablePetResort.com

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