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Rowan: A Piercing Difference

Louisa Schneider founded Rowan* as a different kind of ear piercing company.

Every piercing is done by a licensed nurse. All products are hypoallergenic. The company believes each piercing should be a fun milestone to celebrate.

You can find Rowan at a couple of hundred Targets around the country. But there was only one stand-alone studio, on New York’s Upper East Side. A few more are planned, in cities like Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles.

The second one is here on Main Street, next to La Fenice Gelateria.

Rowan, on Main Street.

Since opening in August, Rowan has become a hit with the Westporters of all ages. Craig Melvin and his wife Lindsay Czarniak both got pierced there (he described his experience on the “Today” show).

Babies have been pierced there (it’s okay once they’ve received their first set of shots). A woman celebrated her 90th birthday with a double piercing.

“People love the experience,” says manager Brenda Melli, citing the welcoming white floors and bright walls. “If it’s a girl’s birthday, we give her a tiara.”

They’ve hosted kids’ parties, and Girls Nights Out with wine and cheese (these are older “girls,” I guess).

Last week, Rowan was certified to perform helix (cartilage) piercing. That procedure must be done by a licensed cosmetologist.

Rowan’s bright interior.

MeanwhileMelli looks forward to getting involved with organizations like the Westport Downtown Association. Rowan is sponsoring next month’s Minute Man Race.

On April 3, 9 and 10, they’ll welcome Girl Scouts to sell cookies in front of the store.

So you can say Rowan really offers ear piercing and “s’more.”

*The name comes from the Rowan tree, which stands for protection, wisdom and guidance. Its vibrant red berries were long thought to be a magical guidepost for adventurers. Some cultures also believed Rowan trees were a portal into other worlds. Rowan is also the name of the place in North Carolina where Schneider’s family (most of them nurses and doctors) grew up. The name captures the mission to empower and build self-confidence through safe experiences, self-expression and community.

Roundup: Ear Piercing, Car Show …


The Asian American and Pacific Islander group of Westport invites everyone to a free outdoor family event tomorrow (Friday, August 13, 4 to 6 p.m.), at MoCA Westport.

There’s an art presentation by local artist Rosie Jon; music with Westporter Stacie Morgain Lewis (Glenda from “Wicked”), and more.

This will be a very lucky Friday the 13th!


Need your ear(s) piereced?

Rowan — already established in New York — opens in Westport location on Saturday. The store — at 47 Main Street — boasts “licensed nurses.” They also make home visits.

Click here for details.

(Photo courtesy of Westport Moms)


Don’t care to get your ears pierced? Or looking for something to do afterward?

The Westport Police Benevolent Association hosts their 3rd Annual Car Cruise this Saturday evening )August 14, 4 to 8 p.m., Lot 1, Saugatuck train station).

All years and models are welcome (entry fee: $20). There’s music, JR’s good truck, Micallizi’s Italian ice, trophy awards and tons of raffle prizes. The first 100 cars receive goodie bags.

Funds raised help the PBA support non-profit organizations like the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Special Olympics, veterans and families of fallen officers.

Westport PBA car rally


Speaking of police: The Westport department teamed up with ASF Sports recently, to collect items for the Gillespie Center. Cops and business doing something wonderful for folks in need: May the Force be with you!

Donations gratefully accepted.


Today, “Westport … Naturally” shows chick #3 about to leave the Burying Hill Beach osprey nest.

(Photo/Peter Swift)


And finally … today in 30 BC — a mere 2,051 years ago — Cleopatra died. She was 39.