LAPLACE — With the closest maternity boutique located an hour absent in Baton Rouge, Katelyn Montalbano a short while ago opened The Bump & Company LLC to support expectant mothers in the River Parishes and over and above glance and truly feel their finest.

Located at 1974 Ormond Blvd Suite F in Destrehan, the new company was a desire various many years in the creating.

Montalbano was six weeks alongside with her initially son in December 2017 when she announced her pregnancy to her mother. The upcoming day, they headed straight to Spot Maternity in Metairie, with her mom insisting she desired to be well prepared for the morning she’d wake up and know practically nothing match. Thankfully, the retail outlet experienced a pretend stomach that Montalbano was able to test on to gauge how clothes would in shape more together in her being pregnant.

Desired destination Maternity had closed down by the time Montalbano was expecting with her second child less than two a long time later on. The only solutions for maternity browsing were being the restricted selections at Walmart and Goal. The clothing she was ready to discover didn’t match her type, and the big chain merchants didn’t offer you a bogus stomach to see how the clothes would in shape.

Acquiring maternity clothing in big box merchants has grow to be even far more difficult as fitting rooms have closed amid COVID-19 precautions.

“At that level, my mother and I talked about opening up a maternity retail outlet, but we didn’t do it. I had two toddlers below 2 many years aged, and there was a ton going on,” Montalbano explained. “Then, in the course of Hurricane Ida, we ended up sitting all-around with no electricity or h2o, and we made a decision to pull the plug and open up a maternity retail store. We went forward with our plan and in just six weeks, we opened, and we have been executing properly.”

The Bump & Corporation LLC provides maternity garments to fit just about every situation, from laid back leggings and T-shirts to trendy robes for newborn showers and photoshoots. Other products and solutions offered include hats, necklaces, candles, slippers, tummy guidance bands, Mommy and me robes with matching swaddles, and PJ sets for maternity, postpartum and breastfeeding.

Of course, Montalbano made absolutely sure to stock the fitting place with a tender belly that velcros beneath the garments. When she hears guffawing from behind the curtains, she is familiar with a first-time mom is striving on the tummy, giddy with exhilaration over what’s to occur.

In accordance to Montalbano, numerous of the shirts and dresses at The Bump & Company are not strictly maternity pieces.

“Around 85% of our things can be worn postpartum,” she reported. “A big goal of mine is to have a large amount that can be worn later on on so folks are not paying a great deal of money on one thing that can only be worn for a couple months.”

Th Bump & Corporation strives to preserve a realistic value issue, with a vast majority of clothes and equipment ranging from $20 to $60. In the 1st month of enterprise, the most common products have bundled sweater dresses, hoodies, ball caps and tie dye pajama sets.

Heading into 2022, Montalbano’s aim is to have a new item in the store each and every 7 days. The Bump & Corporation will also be operating with a nonprofit group this 12 months.

“We are operating on having folks to donate their maternity photoshoot dresses. The moment we get ample, we will put out a rack and market them for $20. The cash we make will be donated to a battered women’s shelter,” Montalbano stated.

Because opening in late November, The Bump & Organization has by now gained a following of return prospects. As a St. Charles Parish native, Montalbano is grateful for the assistance she’s viewed from her local community, as nicely as the surrounding area.

“This is my 1st little organization. I’m having a lot of guidance not just from St. Charles Parish, but from the River Parishes, Houma, Mandeville and Baton Rouge. I’m getting a wide variety of prospects from all about, which is phenomenal,” she reported, introducing, “I am generally open to strategies on what men and women would like to see.”

Help has also appear from exterior of Louisiana. Just after posting a TikTok showcasing maternity use, Montalbano woke up to on line orders from 11 diverse states. It only took two times for the TikTok to surpass 240,000 sights and 10.4K likes.

The Bump & Firm LLC is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday by way of Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The boutique is shut on Sunday and Monday.

For far more info, follow The Bump & Enterprise on Fb, Instagram and TikTok or visit Montalbano may also be achieved by electronic mail at [email protected] or by cell phone at 504-401-1956.