CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.Two years ago, Barbara Kobren and two of her fellow SPCA of Westchester board members were faced with a daunting task. The Briarcliff shelter was run down and debilitated, much like the animals they found coming through their doors. Thats when Kobren, with the help of Debra Mehne and Denise Santamaro, decided to start something to raise money for the shelter and the SPCA of Westchester.
We were looking for something to sell to many people that was an affordable, do good kind of product, Kobren said. We thought, 'Its nuts with a mission.
The trio launched Bobbysues Nuts! in April 2009 and opened their storefront on Bedford Road in Chappaqua in the late fall of 2009.
Were three women who started this during the Great Recession, Kobren said. We have tremendous tenacity to ask anyone and distribute our product.
Santamaro contributed in her own way, donating Kobren her storefront on Bedford Road.
It was sort of like Obamas campaign, Kobren said. We only ask for $10, the price of one jar, from everyone and weve gotten millions to give to the SPCA. A lot of people give a little and it makes such a difference.
Bobbysues Nuts got a significant boost when her three flavors of delicious nuts hit the campaign trail in 2008.
My youngest son worked as Hillary Clintons press secretary for six years so when Hillary ran her presidential campaign, Bobbysues Nuts was on the campaign trail, Kobren said.
Their future goal is to rebuild shelters and build shelters in communities across America, just like they did the SPCA in Briarcliff.
In the future, we want to move the product across the nation, Kobren said. Weve never paid for ads. Its been all self-distributed, self-funded. We work seven days a week to make this happen.
This holiday season, Bobbysues Nuts will hit the shelves in gift packages at all Lord and Taylors locations.
That will be wonderful, Kobren said. That will give us expose and the ability to reach more supporters and fans.
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