A look at I Am More, a women's clothing boutique that supports women-owned designers and gives back to women's philanthropic organizations, in Scarsdale Oct. 29, 2018. Tania Savayan, [email protected]

When Abbey Solomon made her home in Scarsdale almost two decades ago, she loved the Tudor-style storefronts that dotted the village’s downtown.

The neighborhood was vibrant, with upscale specialty stores, boutiques, bakeries and restaurants.

Over time, particularly after the 2009 recession, with many stores struggling to stay in business, the area lost much of its vitality.

So last year, when she decided to open a women’s clothing and accessories business with her friend Marcy Berman-Goldstein, one thing was clear to both residents: it had to be in downtown Scarsdale. 

“It used to be this hopping town and we wanted to bring it back,” said Solomon, the co-owner of I Am More Scarsdale, a women’s boutique located at 6 Spencer Place.

Within the first year, the store has distinguished itself by donating $10,000 in cash and over $50,000 in merchandise to various philanthropic organizations catering to women.

“It’s our mission,” said Berman-Goldstein. “To empower women.”

Goldstein, who resigned from her job as a radiologist at Mount Sinai last year, and Solomon, a stay-at-home mom, were both looking to do something different.

For Goldstein, raising three kids while balancing a busy schedule as a physician and an active role with the Junior League of Central Westchester, meant she was spreading herself too thin.

When Solomon’s eldest of three left for college last year, she felt ready for a transition of sorts.

The duo, who were “exercise buddies” at Soul Cycle, said the timing and their shared vision to do something meaningful propelled them.

“If I was going into business, Abbey was going to be my curator. She knows all the ins and outs of the trends,” said Berman-Goldstein, who takes care of marketing and bookkeeping. “We do such different things in this business, but work so well together.”

Throughout the year, the store hosts events and women-centered informational sessions such as breast cancer awareness to talks on dealing with body image issues. On Wednesday, the store will host board members of Impact100 Westchester from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m to raise awareness about the nonprofit organization.   I Am More Scarsdale will offer customers 10 percent off their entire purchase and will donate 10 percent of all in-store and online sales to Impact100 Westchester.

Earlier this year, the I Am More launched its first product line, Strong + Beautiful, in collaboration with Safe Horizon in New York City, a victim’s assistance organization.

The line includes candles, diffusers notepads and sweatshirts. The store will donate 20 percent of the profits to Safe Horizon.

“In this changing economic landscape, consumers have many choices and they will patronize establishments that reflect their sensibility and values,” said Jane Veron, Scarsdale village trustee and liaison to Scarsdale Business Alliance. “I Am More remains true to its mission, to serve the entirety of its customers.”

Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy is the new audience strategist and a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal News/lohud, part of the USA Today Network.