Meet-A-Mom: Kim of Serendipity Boutique
Meet Kim Lagonigro, local mom and owner of Serendipity Boutique!
What do you love most about living on Long Island?
I always tell my children how lucky we are to have the best of both worlds living on Long Island. We are a beach family so we love visiting all the different beaches our island has to offer and we love the city! Such opposites we can experience, yet so close. We are just so lucky to have it all.
How many kids do you have and what are their ages/anything else you would like to share abou them?
My husband and I have 3 children- Mia is 16 and a sophomore at Sayville HS and our twins Michael and Ella who are 13 and in 8th grade at our middle school. Mia has a rare form of Down syndrome called mosaic Down syndrome. It’s when some of her cells have an extra chromosome like you see in Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). Mia loves swimming and art classes. She is also a part of our high school’s integrated sports program and they will be participating in this May’s Long Island Special Olympics.
Ella is a dancer and on our school’s cheer team. So she can be found either at LI Cheer, at dance or at home on our trampoline lol
Mikey is a ice hockey kid all the way! He’s been playing since he’s 5 and a big part of our lives. The hockey parents on his teams are a very special part of our lives.
What do you want or wish for most for your kids?
Oh how I wish for them to be happy and fulfilled. And to feel filled with our love and proud of themselves for their accomplishments big and little.
Why did you decide to launch your business?
Ever since I was young fashion was a love of mine. It was a creative outlet and a small way to help me feel good about myself. Starting in middle school I would buy things that I loved- not what everyone else was buying and wearing. It may have taken a long time to get to where I am with opening Serendipity, but I am so very lucky to be able to do it now. I feel so incredibly fortunate to bring things I love to other women to hopefully bring out their individuality.
What are three words you would use to describe your business and why?
Particular-I select items that I love and will not sell items that I don’t. Not the norm for sure.
Unique-I try to offer many items that aren’t trendy. They are unique and you can have for years to come.
Warm-I took my space and tried to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere. My pink chairs are my favorite part of the boutique. I want people to come in, walk around relax and enjoy. And if a husband comes in with his wife, he will feel welcomed to have a seat and relax!
Tell us more about your business!
Serendipity Boutique is a women’s accessories boutique featuring handbags, selected clothing such as hoodies, bralettes and kimonos, jewelry, scarves, hair accessories and more. I seek out handmade items by women that are made in the US. I have handmade bags by a woman in California, handmade jewelry by women from Long Island, NYC and across the US.
I have room at the boutique to expand, so the goal is to open it all up and offer more clothing options.
What motivates you?
My children motivate me. What an incredible example I can be for them. They see my dream coming true right before their eyes. But they see the realistic part of it-the dream, the planning, the work, the sacrifices. All of it.
What is your favorite go-to recipe when you are short on time?
We always have fresh veggies, like asparagus or broccoli etc., in the fridge so I will sauté a fresh veggie, sauté some ground chicken or Turkey and add quinoa or brown rice. So quick and easy, but the kids love it.