By Karen McKenna
We are continuously inspired by dedicated women entrepreneurs - women who seek new perspectives and that commit themselves to strengthening our community and our quality of life. They build authentic relationships, share wisdom and expertise, and help each other to grow their businesses. They understand the power of community and support.
We celebrate this diverse group of local business owners: The Top 5 Women Entrepreneurs in Greenwich.
Theresa Carroll, Founder / Co-Owner
Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann
The exquisite boutique hotel and contemporary French restaurant of Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann is located in the prestigious Belle Haven residential area and minutes from the attractive downtown area and Greenwich Avenue. Perfectly placed on 2.7 lushly manicured acres, this timeless architecturally significant luxury hotel and world renowned French restaurant is an impressive showcase of elegance, warmth and refined hospitality. Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann epitomizes the blending of distinct character with modern amenities.
Purchased in 1997 by Theresa Carroll and Thomas Henkelmann as a showcase for Thomas’ classic cuisine and award winning wine list, the lodging facility with its charming restaurant was a logical blank canvas for Theresa to create her design magic. Integrating architecture and individuality, Theresa Carroll’s purposeful and sensitive renovation is a salute to the past, while resolutely embracing the present.
Art and artifacts from around the globe are seamlessly woven into each guest room and suite's customized interiors. European in flavor and flare, the Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann speaks to both the artist and the bon vivant. Cement tiles designed and colored by French artist Denis Colomb add tactile appeal to heated bathroom floors. Each accommodation, be it in the main residence or the lovely carriage house has been individually designed with style and personality along with sumptuous amenities intended to coddle. Inviting, chic and sumptuous; the luxury rooms and suites are not too trendy, nor thematic at The Homestead Inn. The personal stamp Theresa Carroll created for their sophisticated property is evident with fine attention to detail in all areas.
Homestead Inn – Thomas Henkelmann: 420 Field Point Road, Greenwich 203.869.7500
Lesley King and Katrina Bischoff: Co – Owners and Business Partners
Back 40 Farm / Back 40 Mercantile
The Back 40 Farm is a family owned business on some of the best farmland in historic Washington, Connecticut. As the family “reclaimed” the acreage in Washington returning it to its original purpose of farming , they set some goals for their business that included using the best organic farming practices, purchasing products for the whole property that are considered green and eco-friendly, and being intentional about considering the environment with all of their decisions. Their work on the farm led to the birth of the Old Greenwich Farmer’s Market along with Amy Burke and Dana Evans. Their passion for the sustainable movement has inspired them to make investments in assorted restaurants and organic food stores in and around Fairfield County, but their roots are in Old Greenwich. Their Greenwich restaurants include: Mill Street Bar and Table, and Back 40 Kitchen.
Opening the Back 40 Mercantile retail store became the next logical step. The idea was hatched over a series of conversations, and events, and dinners, and s’mores. The founders have common, yet diverse passions, all of which are displayed in the Back40 Mercantile Store. The common is found in the commitment to excellence – product by product – as it has to be the best in its class. The diverse is found in each corner of the store: be it an oil painting by Eric Sloane or a book by Tracy Kidder, or a handmade necklace by a woman who makes her jewelry in her kitchen or the best mac-n-cheese - organic of course! - that you will ever taste.
The Back 40 Mercantile is a modern interpretation of an old fashioned country store. If you aren’t quite sure what that means then stop by and sample the best ginger cookie you ever tasted, and it may take you back to the days when New England farmers traded maple syrup for pottery.
Back 40 Mercantile: 264 Sound Beach Avenue, Old Greenwich 203.637.0240
Lisa Lori, Founder
The Perfect Provenance
The Perfect Provenance is a unique shopping destination with its art gallery + boutique + 47 Café. Upon entering The Perfect Provenance, located in a three-story refurbished Victorian townhouse, one has the feeling of entering a charming French oasis. The shop is filled with beautifully crafted items from around the world pleasantly displayed throughout its varied thematic rooms. The proprietor, Greenwich resident Lisa Lori, had a vision to create a curated concept store where every visitor would feel welcome to explore, shop, nosh, and feel artistically inspired.
Fueled by more than 20 years of high-level marketing and public relations experience at reputable firms such as Ogilvy & Mather, Ruder Finn, Body Shop International (IFF) and Seagram Americas, as well as running her own communications firm with locations in Greenwich and New York City, Lori developed a keen sense of what the luxury market had to offer. But it was her ultimate vision to create an interactive retail destination infused with art, culture and luxury in the town that she has loved for over 15 years.
In addition to creating the ultimate shopping experience, Lori wanted to infuse another one of her great passions into the shop: food. Nestled within the main floor of the shop is their café, ‘47’, serving lunch and dinner prepared by Chef Arik Bensimon. Chef Bensimon gained his culinary expertise at some of the country’s most respected restaurants, such as Le Cirque and Picholine in New York City and Le Farm in Westport. The menu is an on-going reflection of the current art exhibitions at the store, which changes every few months.
“Living a life with purpose is so important,” says Lori. “Being an entrepreneur, I get to take all the things I have learned, and culminate them into the shop.” Her cheerful demeanor and the lightness with which she glides throughout the store suggest that this is Lori’s true calling.
The Perfect Provenance: 47 Arch Street, Greenwich 203.900.1131
Lisa Maronian, Co –Founder
Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes
Lisa Maronian of Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes in Greenwich is a talented, imaginative and innovative master chef entrepreneur. She - and her husband Stephen - are both responsible for the wonderful success of this truly unique and elite custom couture pastry shop located in Greenwich.
From humble beginnings in downtown Greenwich in 1993, Sweet Lisa’s is now located in a converted house in Cos Cob, where the “team” brainstorms cutting-edge designs with customers. They create edible masterpieces together with their amazingly talented staff. Their cake creations cater to a veritable Who’s Who of clientele from captains of industry, to celebrities, to everyone who has a penchant for some of the most exquisite confections ever to adorn a dessert table .
Lisa and her team design according to their clients’ tastes and personalities, making many of these elaborate cakes the centerpieces of some of the most opulent affairs.
Both Lisa and her husband are distinguished graduates of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park, N.Y., and they have turned their unrivaled ingenuity and talent into a recipe for success that has garnered local and national acclaim, prestigious awards, many television and magazine appearances, and most importantly, the satisfaction and recognition of the most discerning customers who not only come back time and again, but recommend their friends and relatives too.
Sweet Lisa’s Exquisite Cakes – 3 Field Road, Cos Cob 203.869.9545