Breanne McCubbin always knew she wanted to open her own store. In 2009, that dream of hers became a reality when she opened Something Blue in Norton Commons. There was never a doubt in her mind that her mother, Susan, would join her on this journey. The two have always been close, so it just seemed right. Something Blue has recently expanded in size and retail merchandise – now selling women’s clothing and accessories. However it’s not all about fashion trends and trips to market inside Something Blue. They’ve added a new bundle of joy to the management team with the arrival of Breanne’s daughter, Ava Colette. This mother-daughter (and actually granddaughter) team is inseparable, both on and off the clock. When they aren’t running things at the store, you can find this pair somewhere in their Norton Commons neighborhood, whether they’re catching up over drinks or driving around in their blue golf cart. Welcome Breanne and Susan McCubbin, this week’s FACES of Louisville.
Breanne, how did you end up owning Something Blue?
I’ve always known I wanted to have my own store, and we opened the doors to my ultimate dream in 2009. Starting out with a focus on unique bridal accessories and gifts, we’ve grown and expanded the shop to include women’s clothing and accessories. We love fashion and shopping small boutiques and wanted to bring that same shopping experience to women at affordable prices. It was never a question if my mom was going to join me on this journey. What started out as my dream has become my mom’s passion, too. Working side by side with her every day never feels like work because we both love what we are doing and put our heart and soul into our business.
Susan, how did you wind up working with your daughter?
After Breanne made the decision to open a boutique, I knew I wanted to help. We’ve always been very close, so it was natural that we started this adventure together.
What is the best thing about working together? What has been the biggest challenge?
Breanne: The best thing about working together is that I get to hang out with my best friend every day. There is no challenge in working with my mom. There’s not a chance I could do this without her, and I wouldn’t want to.
Susan: The best thing about working together is I get to hang out with Bre every day. This is not work. It’s a pleasure that I look forward to each day. The biggest challenge is getting all the work in, but still having fun, too. At market, we work hard; after work, we play hard and try to do it all.
What is the secret of your success as a team?
Breanne: It’s so helpful to bounce ideas off of each other and see things from a different perspective. Plus, we have fun in everything we do, and I think that is at the center of our success as a team.
Susan: We have different styles, we see things differently, and the best is when we both like the same thing and bring it to all of our customers. We both love Something Blue, as does Bre’s dad, Miles; he’s also part of the team.
Susan, what was your relationship like when Breanne was a child?
As a child, Breanne and I did everything together. We’ve always been close and always counted on each other. She brought so much to our lives and continues to do so. I see a lot of Breanne as a child in Ava Colette.
Is your relationship different outside of work?
Breanne: Not at all! What you see in the shop is exactly how we are outside of work.
Susan: No, our relationship isn’t different. We enjoy finishing a day at work, then going out to dinner and drinks and talking about our day.
Give us a peek at your agenda. What’s a typical day or week like for you?
Breanne: My mornings start early at home with Ava and a minimum of two cups of coffee. After our morning routine, we head into the shop and start our workday. Thankfully, my mom is there to help out with Ava while I respond to emails, touch base with vendors, look for new merchandise to carry and write up orders. In between all of that, we are getting new merchandise ready to be put out on the floor and helping our wonderful clients that have stopped in to shop with us. I usually head home around 6:30 p.m. to make sure Ava can get some Daddy time in before bedtime, and my sweet mama closes up the shop for us at 7 p.m.
Susan: I’m not up too early. I have chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, open the shop, make sure things are in order at Something Blue, and play with and feed Ava. The time passes quickly because I enjoy each day with the girls.
What advice do you treasure?
Breanne: It’s not a piece of advice so much as the constant feeling of support that I treasure. My parents have always been my biggest cheerleaders, and no dream was too big to pursue. I’ll be forever thankful for their guidance and encouragement. It’s a gift I’ll always treasure and hope to give my daughter.
Susan: Always have a smile on your face and a song in your heart. That advice came from Santa Claus.
Fill in the blank. You’ll never see me without my __________.
Breanne: Mascara and burp cloths
Susan: Lipstick and Bourbon and Boweties bracelets.
Where can we find you hanging out around town?
Breanne: I love our little community of Norton Commons and everything it has to offer, so this is usually where you’ll find me. When I’m not in Norton Commons, I’m at home hanging out with my husband and daughter.
Susan: You will see me at Karem’s … often.
Night owl or early bird? What do you do during that quiet time?
Breanne: I have a 5-month-old, so I’m a night owl and an early bird! During that quiet time? Ha! I try to get in some sleep.
Susan: Night owl. I stay up till 2 a.m. to catch up on all my TV recordings.
Tell us some of your favorite local restaurants.
Breanne: We’ve been really fortunate here in Norton Commons to have some great restaurants take up residence. I love checking out all the new ones, like Mercato Italiano Trattoria and Citizen 7, but my favorite of them all is still Karem’s Grill & Pub. It’s our second home, and we just love it.
What’s on your personal reading list right now?
Susan: How to Babysit a Grandma
Lightning Round! Give us your:
- Candy or junk food splurge — Breanne: Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles; Susan: Reisen chocolate caramels
- Guilty pleasure song — Breanne: Any N’Sync; Susan: “Brown Eyed Girl”
- Tearjerker movie pick — Breanne: The Notebook; Susan: Bridges of Madison County
- Standby nail polish color — Breanne: Yummy Mummy by Butter London; Susan: Primrose Hill Picnic by Butter
- Favorite cocktail — Breanne: Wine; Susan: Margaritas.
What are three of your favorite things right now, besides faith, family and friends?
Breanne: The sound of Ava Colette’s sweet laugh, Bourbon and Boweties bangles and my Baby Connect app.
Susan: Hugging and kissing Ava Colette, being partners and best friends with Breanne, and driving around Norton Commons in our tiny blue golf cart.
Thank you to Adele Reding for today’s beautiful photography.
Be sure to download our free SB App, a guide to all the inside scoop on everything local: shopping, restaurants and happenings.