Shannon Doherty is an inspiration. In the span of only 5 years, she moved from New York City to Darien, CT, founded Coco and Lala Watchhill, a growing vacation-inspired lifestyle brand, and had 3 children. Here is a peek into Shannon Doherty’s Life in Darien, CT.
Tell me about your journey to the suburbs.
I grew up in Fairfield County and my whole family is here. After graduating from Boston College, I moved to NYC to live with my best friend Erin from growing up. My husband Luke and I met in high school but started dating in NYC after college. We got married at 28 years old and quickly had our first daughter Leontine in NYC. We decided then in 2013 that we wanted to move back to CT. Once we had children we knew it would be important to be near our families for help as we were both working. Luke grew up in White Plains, NY and is the youngest of five children so we wanted to be near his family as well.
You own Coco and Lala Watch Hill. Tell me more about it.
Ever since I was a little girl my family would take me to Watch Hill, RI for the summer. Since I had children I started to travel up there more and I am absolutely in love with the quaint town and raising my family there in the summers. Two years ago a commercial property opportunity arose and we decided to purchase the space as a real estate investment with my mom and aunt. From there we dreamt up the idea of Coco and Lala and opened our first store. Last summer we had the opportunity to purchase another retail space and from there we launched Coco and Lala Mini for children!
How old are your kids? What do you like to do with your kids in Darien or in the area?
We have three children: Leontine (4.5 years old), Colton (3 years old) and Fallon (17 months). We love visiting museums and doing local activities with the children. Our children are involved in sports as well and love lacrosse, ballet and ice hockey. One thing we love the most about Darien is the proximity to the beaches and being able to walk there and meet friends and let our children run around in the sand!!
How would you describe Darien residents?
Giving, Fun, Friendly, Successful and a great community of people!!
What are your favorite restaurants in Darien or in the area? Date night? Kid Friendly?
Favorite Date Night Restaurants – Ten Twenty Post (Darien, CT), Bodega Taco Bar (Darien, CT), Polpo (Greenwich, CT), Louie’s Italian Restaurant and Bar (Greenwich, CT)
Favorite Kids Restaurants – Tequila Mockingbird (New Canaan, CT), Post Corner Pizza (Darien, CT), Colony Grill (Stamford, CT)
Can you describe your social life?
My husband and I are fortunate enough to have many friends we have grown up with locally as well as a great group that we met once we moved back to Darien. My husband loves to play paddle and hockey so has a big social network from there. I am president of Opus for Person-to-Person in Darien and have also made a lot of friends through my children’s schools. We love to have friends over on the weekends as well as attending different local events.
Are you a member of a country club/beach club/yacht club?
We are members of the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI as we spend our summers up there. We were thinking about joining Woodway Country Club in Darien as a summer member as most of our friends belong there, but since we are gone most of the summer, we decided to just stay with the Ocean Houses for now. My husband is considering joining a golf club though locally.
What has your experience been so far with schools in Darien?
My children currently attend Noroton Presbyterian Nursery School. Darien has amazing schools and my experience so far has been great. I have also made so many friends though their schools!
Do you or your spouse commute to the city? What has your experience been with the commute?
My husband commutes to NYC and I used to commute into the city. We actually looked forward to the time as a way to decompress and read up on the news and get work done. It takes about 55 minutes to get to the city. Noroton and Darien train stations are both close to our house and offer daily or monthly parking. The daily parking is cheap and easy so we did not feel the need to get a monthly space!
About Shannon Doherty
Doherty lives in Darien, CT with her husband Luke and her three children Leontine, Colton and Fallon (or as they like to call themselves – Lala, Coco and Peaches Pie). She graduated from Boston College and New York Law School. She spent 12 years working in Manhattan in the finance and real estate world. She started Coco and Lala Watch Hill two years ago to pursue her love for fashion and creativity with her mother and aunt. Coco and Lala is continuing to grow every year opening new stores and creating a brand to serve as vacation inspiration and a fashion guide.