The one stop site for parents in Westchester County, NY. Find classes, events, summer camps, advice and more, all accessible in the time it takes to tie a shoe, find a favorite tutu, and get back out the door.


EssentialMom.com was founded by Gretchen Menzies, a local mom, who now also owns and runs Little Joe’s Coffee & Books and the Katonah Reading Room, Market & Cafe, both in Katonah, NY. While the site continues to live here, it is not as frequently updated. We have left the resources on-line for folks to use, and still post upcoming events under our Featured Events Section, but we do not constantly update listings or events. We want parents to be able to find what they are looking for here (mostly because we can’t bear to let the many hours or time and effort go), but we want you to know that this is a community resource, not an active business these days, so response times are sometimes inconsistent, and if you want an event or business posted, it will be done so from the slow lane.

Gretchen can now be found in the book store or the cafe; if you have a question, come see her in person or email her at gretchen@littlejoescb.com. She’s always happy to read a story to your little ones, give advice on places to go and see or things to do around Westchester…she just likes to do it in person these days.

Find out more about Little Joe’s Books here, www.littlejoescb.com or Katonah Reading Room here, www.katonahreadingroom.com