It was January 2003, and New York was experiencing one heck of a cold, nasty winter. Needing to entertain my 2-year-old, but fearful of the frigid temperatures and gusty snowstorms, each afternoon when Maxine woke up from her nap we would zip over to nearby Café Bacio where we would sit, drink hot cocoa and color with crayons all afternoon. When my friend Jen Lavelle suggested thinking of meaningful words to create an unusual yet memorable business name, Cocoa Crayon just felt right.
I couldn’t help myself. In my pre-mommy life, I was always the one in search of the coolest “this” or the hottest new “that.” In 1996, that passion turned into a career at Condé Nast Publications in London where, as an editor, I wrote about hot new stores, restaurants, vacation spots and accessories of every kind for various magazines. in 2001 with the birth of my first daughter, Maxine, that passion shifted gears towards the hottest new stuff for babies and young children. People would stop me on the street to ask where I got my stroller, diaper bag, blanket or hat. I also received some hideous gifts. I’m not the toile type I’m afraid. I figured we moms needed an on-line shop full of great stuff for kids and really hip grown-ups. The rest, of course, is history.
I don’t. My company headquarters began in my home office on New York’s Upper East Side in 2003 and moved to Menlo Park, California in 2009.
I try to keep everything in stock at all times and it works pretty well. In addition, I make a point of working with manufacturers who are able to ship merchandise quickly if I do run out of something. The only items that I drop ship are large furniture items.
No. Once you are a Cocoa Crayon customer your information is securely stored and you never need to give me your phone number, address, e-mail or credit card details again, unless they should change.
We strongly recommend against it. Please email your order request without your sensitive data, and we will contact you by phone for payment information. Email servers are not secure and, depending on your settings, even deleted messages may remain vulnerable on your ISP server for years.