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Westchester's Mother/Child Businesses Keep Work, Life 'All In The Family'

Jody, left, and Samantha Wenig run Blonde Ambition Beads out of Bedford.
Jody, left, and Samantha Wenig run Blonde Ambition Beads out of Bedford. Photo Credit: Submitted
Cedar Street Grill's Matt Kay with mom Cathy and Joe.
Cedar Street Grill's Matt Kay with mom Cathy and Joe. Photo Credit: Jeanne Muchnick
Barb Kobren and son, Adam, run bobbysue's nuts! in Chappaqua.
Barb Kobren and son, Adam, run bobbysue's nuts! in Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Andrea Graziano
Cordy Kelly of Kelly's Four Plus Granola flanked by Will, left, and Nate, right.
Cordy Kelly of Kelly's Four Plus Granola flanked by Will, left, and Nate, right. Photo Credit: Don Hamerman
Rose, left, and Jennifer Colonna, run Tasteful Treats & Treasures in Bedford.
Rose, left, and Jennifer Colonna, run Tasteful Treats & Treasures in Bedford. Photo Credit: Submitted
Jessye, left, and Lynda Piscitelli own Indigo Chic.
Jessye, left, and Lynda Piscitelli own Indigo Chic. Photo Credit: Submitted
Judy Graham and Abbie Durkin of Pink on Palmer and Clutch.
Judy Graham and Abbie Durkin of Pink on Palmer and Clutch. Photo Credit: Submitted

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- For many moms, there's no better Mother's Day gift than spending time with their kids.

And for some area moms, they get to do that -- and then some. Westchester County, it turns out, is ripe with mother/daughter and mother/son businesses which, despite the constant togetherness and occassional disagreements, is an added bonus they wouldn't trade for the world.

Being partners as well as mother and daughter with 100 percent trust in each other helps strengthen the business at Pink on Palmer and Clutch, shops in Larchmont and Rye that Rye residents Judy Graham and Abbie Durkin own. (Go here for story.)

That same dynamic is part of the sucess behind Indigo Chic, with locations in Rye and Hartsdale. The boutique, which caters to mother and daughter shoppers, is run by Lynda and Jessye Piscitelli, who also have two more shops in Cold Spring and New City (more information here ).

Bedford's Samantha Wenig and mom Jody, who run the beading company Blonde Ambitions Beads (click here for story) and Jennifer and Rose Colonna, Armonk residents behind the gift basket company, Tasteful Treats & Treasures in Bedford (story here ), say they were close before, but that operating a business together, has added another dimension to their relationship.

Mother/son businesses also thrive because of the close family dynamic between mothers and sons as evidenced by Kelly's Four Plus Granola, run by Pound Ridge residents Cordy and Will Kelly and brother Nate, a Norwalk resident (click here for story) and between Matt Kay, his brother, Joe and mom Cathy. Together, the three Rivertowns residents run Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry (story here ).

Briarcliff resident Barb Kobren, who owns Chappaqua-based bobbysue's nuts! (details here ) with her son, Adam, of White Plains, summed it up best: "Family businesses can be very difficult. But there's no one you trust more and no one that has your back more than family."

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