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The Spirited Sprout in Waxhaw, North Carolina is not your typical small business.
According to owner, Ashley Redden, her business is a calling from God. Ashley and her husband are parents to two young girls and have called Waxhaw home for the past 5+ years.
A former nurse who studied brain development, Redden experienced a work injury that kept her out of work and in various types of therapy for more than a year. That led to her calling to open a sensory play center for children of all abilities.
The Spirited Sprout, which first opened in 2020, had its Ribbon Cutting on Friday, August 20, 2021 -- a triumphant moment for any small business that opened in the Year of COVID-19.
The ribbon cutting was attended by Town of Waxhaw Mayor, Ron Pappas, Mayor Pro Tem, Brenda McMillan, Commissioner Pedro Morey, Town Manager, Jeffrey Wells, Waxhaw Business Association President, Tony Garshnick, and several family and friends.
Be sure to watch the ribbon cutting in the attached video.
Here's a statement from Spirited Sprouts owner in her own words as written on www.SpiritedSproutPlay.com:
"My name is Ashley Redden. I am a wife, mother of two toddlers, a nurse, and the founder of Spirited Sprout, LLC. I have been a Waxhaw resident for approximately five years. I am a firm believer that my major contribution to Gods kingdom, is the children I raise & the community I serve. It was placed on my heart to open a sensory based activity center, creating a space aimed at inclusive sensory-based play where ALL little sprouts can learn and grow together.
As a nurse I studied brain development and human biology. After sustaining a work-related injury and undergoing over a years worth of vestibular, speech, and occupational therapy, I witnessed firsthand the results of therapeutic sensory integration exercises. My experience inspired me to create a play space where parents can bring their children to experience the benefits of this type of play and the social support that comes along with it.
Sensory play is for everyone! Observing my own toddlers, I see the way they crave human connection, physical activity, and sensorial stimulation. These are the ingredients we all need to grow a healthy body and brain. In many play places, this essential need is often over looked.
Behind every good business, is a human being with a passion. After sharing my idea with others, I was in awe of the influencers who stepped forward to breath life into me and push me to pursue a new venture. My aim is to humbly serve, educate/be educated, and advocate– so feel free to reach out, say hello & offer suggestions. At Spirited Sprout, we have a solid purpose-to create a place for EVERY child to engage in sensory play. We are growing, too! We are looking for volunteers, interns, potential staff, therapists, and families to join and play here. Please support my very personal mission of creating a space in our community for nurturing inclusivity, so we can watch the spirited sprouts we raise, really SPROUT!"
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