Meet a Mom: Meet Samantha Banker! | Chatham Summit Moms

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
Originally, I am from North Woodmere in Long Island. I have lived in South Orange for nine years.

Child(ren) and Age(s)?
My son Sebastian is 5 and my daughter Violet is 2.5.

Favorite things to do with your kids?
Outdoor activities such as the fairy trail in Millburn, South Mountain reservation and the turtle back zoo. Inside we like to paint and do science experiments.

Favorite places to eat & shop in the area?
Lorena’s in Maplewood and Jackie and Son’s in South Orange for food. For kids clothing and toys, we love Mod Studio and SparkHouse Toys in South Orange and Toy Division and Hopscotch in Maplewood.

Favorite form of self care?
Pedicure at Leo’s Nails in South Orange or a hike in the South Mountain Reservation with my dog.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
In addition to being an elementary school art teacher, seven months ago my husband and I launched a company called SmocKit. We create art kits that unlock the imagination in every child. Each kit comes with everything you need for a fun filled and engaging project. A QR code brings you to a video demo and each lesson spotlights a famous artist.

If you could give one tip to fellow Mom Entrepreneurs what would it be?
If you have an idea or passion just get it out in the world. Don’t spend your time perfecting or doubting it.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
I can throw a tight spiral.

How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
I have been so lucky to be surrounded by friends, neighbors and business owners such as The General Store in Maplewood, who have been kind enough to try our products and share our story.

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