Toby Brown with girlfriend, Ali
Spouse/significant other/children: daughter, Evie (age 4) and girlfriend, Ali
Place of employment (what do you do & where?): I own Baby Ink… a children’s clothing store on Main Street in Brevard.
What inspired you to open Baby Ink? Well, I had a kid and I got annoyed with shopping for clothing for her. I felt like I could only find one great thing at a time and I wanted to open a shop that appealed to dads and parents like myself… parents that grew up with a different aesthetic, different style, different image. Toby with daughter, Evie
Any advice you would give to new parents? I don’t give advice to new parents, just like I don’t give advice to newlyweds. You know what works for you and your family and your kids, so do that. I just hope they’re considerate of others as they do it.
What do you hope your daughter will remember most about you as a father? I hope my daughter remembers laughing with me, and that she knows she can be who she is and she still feels loved.
You’re also involved with Heart of Brevard… what is your role with Heart of Brevard? Well, I’m now on the “promotions committee” and essentially the chairperson for this year’s Twilight Tour.
What can we expect at Twilight Tour this year? Twilight Tour will be bigger this year than it has been in recent years. We’ve brought back vendor booths and will have a vendor village with crafters and non-profits. We’re brought in food trucks and food vendors so you can grab a bite as you walk around. Lots of free stuff, including an Elf Workshop for the kids to make free crafts and write a letter to Santa, free pics with Santa, a Santa’s farm petting area, pony rides, outdoor holiday movies, trackless train rides, and horse drawn carriages. Fire pits and S’mores and LOTS of free musical performances all over downtown. It will be a true, old fashioned, Mountain Christmas Festival.
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