Philadelphia is home to a wide cast of people from all over the world. What Christmas means to them is a reflection of how colorful and spirited the season is in itself. Monika Schermer, owner of Bohemian Pink in Chestnut Hill, is bringing her own vibrant experience as a vendor to Christmas Village. She’s been seeing pink for some time and looks to spread the color to brighten and strengthen the community.
Schermer started her business 20 years ago, importing wooden toys and puppets from the Czech Republic. A first generation Czech, she spent some time living in Prague and felt inspired to be an entrepreneur. “My time in Prague was right after the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and there was a tremendous entrepreneurial spirit in Prague that rubbed off on me,” she says. Upon coming to the United States, she had no desire for a static office job and decided to start her own business.
Since then, she's established herself as a staple craftshop owner in Chestnut Hill and a regular vendor at Christmas Village. This year, she’s making her Christmas Village collection personal — featuring personalized items with monograms in an effort to “make [everyone] feel special.” This idea serves as a motif behind her Bohemian Pink brand, as Schermer recognizes the importance of interaction, conversation and human touch. Despite the dawn of digital shopping, Schermer does most of her business in person — at shows, events and conventions.