Meet Tami McCarthy: Visionary Behind KAHLO Collective

Meet Tami McCarthy: Visionary Behind KAHLO Collective

One of the things many of us look for when we move to Westchester is community. Tami McCarthy, mom, entrepreneur, and actor is a firm believer in the power of community and connection, along with curating eco-conscious items with a give-back mission, in her eco-luxe Westchester shop, KAHLO Collective.

Located in Pound Ridge, the boutique is a beloved part of Scott’s Corners where you can find artisan-made goods, apothecary, slow fashion, beautifully curated home goods, jewelry and gifts, spiritual wellness, and much more. The space also serves as a hybrid gathering space where Tami regularly interviews members of the community in her Instagram series, “Who’s In The Chair?” (check out the complete list of past guests on Instagram at @kahlocollective).

Tami also curates numerous experiences throughout the community. Some past events include Sip-N-Paint parties, Full Moon Circles, and more. She is also the chair of the upcoming Yellow Brick Road Fest with Bedford Playhouse, along with many more exciting things to come. Read on to learn more about Tami and her vision behind KAHLO Collective.

Meet Tami McCarthy: Visionary Behind KAHLO Collective

Kahlo Collective events

Westchester Family: Tell us more about KAHLO Collective and how the idea came about.

Tami McCarthy: I was transitioning from owning a PR agency based in Manhattan, while launching my eco-centric company that featured two brands – one was a holistic “meditation retreat in a box” and the other was my signature clean skincare line, TAMBRA: sea and botanicals.

I had a vision for a community hub, a physical brick and mortar space where people could shop conscientiously – part artisan boutique and part workshop and a gathering space. Thus, KAHLO Collective was born! I opened the shop in 2018 as an eco-luxe space to celebrate all things good for people and planet, and feature goods with a give-back mission, locally and globally.

Chair at Kahlo Collective

Westchester Family: How do you find the products/items that you curate at KAHLO Collective?

Tami McCarthy: I am a passionate curator. I have relationships with artisans, fair trade communities, designers and makers. Since I have been doing this for a long time, people also refer and introduce artisans to me. I am also looking forward to traveling again and sourcing abroad.

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A KAHLO Collective event featuring Tibetan Bowls for a Full Buck Moon Sound Healing.

Westchester Family: You have been hosting a lot of events in different venues in Westchester. Tell us about some of these collaborations and what events we can expect from you.

Tami McCarthy: I love collaborating with likeminded people, and in unexpected ways, including cool venues. As a multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, it’s really fun to find partners and create experiences together.

Recently, I have been doing a Wellness Series at Maple Grove Farm in Bedford. These events are amazing, and so much fun. We have had awesome Sip – N – Paint Nights, as well as Sound Healings and Shamanic Sessions, Crystal Workshops, and Full Moon Circles at the barn venue.

I also loved doing a pop-up yoga class in New Canaan at the Jean Jacobs Gallery. I also love collabs such as with The Bedford Playhouse and a new collaboration coming up with POUR (a fabulous cocktail lounge in Mount Kisco) that I am super excited about.

Westchester Family: You are also organizing the Yellow Brick Road Fest for The Bedford Playhouse. Tell us more about the event and what to expect.

Tami McCarthy:  The fine folks at the Bedford Playhouse asked me to chair the Yellow Brick Road Festt and I happily agreed! The Bedford Playhouse is an important cultural gem in our community that is worthy of our support. What’s great about the Yellow Brick Road Fest is a family fun event, with a BBQ, live music and games and activities along with an outdoor screening of “The Wizard of Oz” in the rolling meadow at Maple Grove Farm.

The event is structured to be affordable and inclusive for families all around our town. It’s a true collaboration of many people throughout our community, which is great too. Attendees bring their own picnic blanket or chairs and enjoy an old-fashioned outdoor farm experience and all the proceeds go to the Bedford Playhouse – how cool is that?

Westchester Family: What are some of your favorite things to do in Westchester?

Tami McCarthy: We are so fortunate to be surrounded by so much nature in Westchester. Whenever I get the chance, I love to spend time outdoors. One of my favorite places is Ward Pound Ridge. I also like to hit up the orchards in Northern Westchester. Harvest Moon is the best!

Westchester Family: How have you found community as business owner/event curator in the area?

Tami McCarthy: I’m lucky to have met amazing people just by having them walk through my shop doors. I feel so blessed to have connected with warm, friendly creatives, healers, musicians and artists…I found my tribe! I’m also supportive of customers who appreciate the passionate I put into my business.

Westchester Family: Anything else to add?

Tami McCarthy: Owning a small business in a small town is challenging, but I wouldn’t change the joy that I have experienced owning my own shop. At the same time, growth brings change, so watch out for more ways that KAHLO Collective will be popping up and expanding over the coming months.

Visit KAHLO Collective

65 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY 10576