If you go downtown Monroe, it’s hard to miss that it is not just a great place to retire as it was recently ranked. Indications are it’s also a great place to start a new family.
There are signs of new life everywhere. In just one block of North Broad there are four young families set to expand, three of them at Rinse Bath and Body and one at Magnolias on Broad. And on the same block, three young mothers recently gave birth to new babies.
One such new mom is Robin Wilson of Posh Boutique who kicked off the boom on May 30 when she and husband, Kyle, welcomed Ava Caroline Wilson.
The most recent baby born on the block was Indiana Rush Bilsland, born July 13, to David and Lily Bilsland of Sailor Studio.
“He is baby No. 5, all boys,” Lily Bilsland said.
Nicole Cerna and her husband, Michael, don’t have much longer to wait for their daughter. She is due on August 15. It is a first baby for the couple. Cerna said she was just ready.
“That biological clock was ticking. I’m in my late 20s so I didn’t want to wait much longer,” she said.
For Katherine “Kate” Dorsey and her husband, Kevin, it’s an early start. They are relative newlyweds. And for Katy Key of Magnolias, who is expecting her third, it was a surprise.
“It was a surprise, but a good surprise. It was not expected at all,” she said.
According to an article last year in Bloomberg Business, a baby boom is an indication that the economy is improving. People are comfortable enough to start a family or build on the one they already have. Heather Swanepoel, owner of Rinse Bath and Body, who is expecting her second baby and first daughter, said there must be more to it.
“Look at us, seven on this one block in Monroe. It must be something in the water. At least in the water that the city supplies to this block,” she said.
With Monroe considered a great city to retire, the good news is there shouldn’t ever be a shortage of grandparents to take care of all these new additions to the area.