Baby Be Hip was established in the Philadelphia area by Colleen Mook in 2002 after the birth of her first child, with the goal of putting a stylish and fun spin on essential items for new moms. From its origins in her Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, basement with a single product—the ever-popular personalized burp cloths—the business has grown into a 2,500-square foot facility in Horsham, Pennsylvania, with seven employees, dozens of products, and thousands of customers.
Baby Be Hip. which provides personalized baby gifts in Philadelphia and beyond, operates on a foundation with four cornerstones: (1) our merchandise is high quality, (2) ordering and follow-up is easy, (3) customer satisfaction is our ultimate goal, and (4) we give back to our community. We have regularly donated products and profits to select organizations through the years, including hospitals (e.g., The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia), schools (e.g., Easter Seals), and various charities (e.g., National MS Society and Cradles to Crayons).
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the magic behind Baby Be Hip and hear from some of our customers.
Baby Be Hip Team
Colleen Mook is the Founder and CEO of Baby Be Hip, an online retailer of personalized baby gifts. Colleen established Baby Be Hip outside Philadelphia in 2002 after a successful early career in reinsurance in New York and Philadelphia. A graduate of Villanova University and Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Colleen lives in Horsham, Pennsylvania with her husband, Brad, and their four children.
In addition to raising her family and managing her responsibilities as CEO of Baby Be Hip, Colleen takes an active role in her community, advising, speaking and mentoring young women and aspiring entrepreneurs. She also speaks on her experiences with the special needs of her daughter Ellie and educating others about differences, respect and tolerance. Colleen is a co-founder of Sunshine Hope, an enterprise focused on empowering children to overcome challenges and become happy, fulfilled adults.
Colleen regularly appears in the media and on conference panels. She and her business have appeared on the TODAY Show and Good Morning America as well as many regional television features, and in American Baby Magazine, Baby Talk Magazine, People Magazine, Child Style, and Essence Magazine.
Colleen is a winner of several small business awards, including American Express OPEN and Count Me In’s Make Mine a Million $ Business, the Lifetime Mom’s Spark and Hustle Small Business Award, and Sam’s Club and SCORE Small Business Award.
Colleen’s first e-book, Overcoming Obstacles & Creating Success provides six tested tips for balancing the challenges of daily life with the pursuit of goals and dreams. See more here.
Shukran is a premier seamstress who has created beautifully sewn and embroidered products for Baby Be Hip for more than eight years. Shukran loves creating personalized baby gifts that will stand the test of time and bring joy to parents. Shukran hails from Sri Lanka and lives in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, and has a loving husband and three beautiful children.
Shukran is also an accomplished cook who specializes in Sri Lankan and Indian dishes and makes the most fabulous fish cakes.
Elizabeth is the resident copywriter at Baby Be Hip since joining the team in March 2012. Channeling her recent Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communication Studies from Saint Joseph’s University, she regularly creates the monthly newsletters, manages blog posts and social media sites, and assists with day-to-day writing duties at Baby Be Hip, making sure customers know about all the great personalized baby gifts available.
Outside of Baby Be Hip, Elizabeth likes to explore the city in search of new restaurants, make delicious baked goods, go to concerts, read new books, and of course, write.
Joining the team in August 2012, Becky brings her creative eye and background in graphic design to Baby Be Hip. A recent graduate from Albright College in May 2012, Becky earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media and Music Business, and was the president of her sorority Sigma Kappa.
At Baby Be Hip, Becky shares her expertise with Photoshop and design, as well as assists with marketing, customer service, website design, and day-to-day duties. Outside of Baby Be Hip, you’ll find Becky whipping up a new DIY craft, walking her dogs, going for a trail run, or painting a watercolor masterpiece.
Meet Patti, one of our expert embroiders at Baby Be Hip! Since joining the team at Baby Be Hip in May 2012, Patti channels her years of sewing to embroider beautiful gifts for the Baby Be Hip customers. She also lends her creative eye and product experience to assist with design, production, and product development.
Patti resides in Abington, PA and enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her four older children.
As a recent addition to Baby Be Hip beginning in March 2012, Tricia brings her craftiness and a wide-range of experience to Baby Be Hip as she assists with the sewing, production, and packaging of personalized baby gifts and other products from start to finish.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting at Penn State University, Tricia went on to manage a fund accounting group and various technology projects at Vanguard for ten years, and attended the MBA program at Saint Joseph’s University.
When she’s not working her magic at Baby Be Hip, Tricia volunteers at St. Alphonsus School and Mount Saint Joseph Academy, works with local politics, enjoys cooking, biking, running, and spending time with her husband and four kids at their home in Horsham.
Bridget Barton lends her years of experience and creativity to Baby Be Hip as an assistant in design conceptualization, bucket designs, and photography. After earning an undergraduate degree at Loyola College, she later went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.
As a busy mom, Bridget lends her time volunteering and giving back to others through various service projects. Her passion for photography has led her to recently launch her own business, Bridget Barton Photography. Bridget’s favorite activity, however, is spending time with her extended family, husband, and fabulous four children.
Brad co-founded Baby Be Hip with Colleen and serves as the company’s chief financial officer. He is an investment manager with SEI Investments by day, and was an equity research analyst for 15 years prior to joining SEI. Brad has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and a degree in Political Economy from Williams College. He is also a co-founder of Sunshine Hope, an enterprise focused on empowering kids to overcome challenges and become happy, fulfilled adults. Brad lives just outside of Philadelphia in Horsham, Pennsylvania, with Colleen and their four children.