Heather Tarbuck of Buckets Boutique is One Successful Mama

March 10, 2016|Posted in: One Successful Mama

“Raising girls, my husband and I want to show them how to be independent, responsible, self-relying young ladies who will blossom into young women. Hopefully, I am showing them that they can have a goal and accomplish all that they dream…” – Heather Tarbuck, Owner, Buckets Boutique


Heather Tarbuck & Family

This month, I’m profiling a local mompreneur: Heather Tarbuck of Buckets Boutique, a fun, funky and fabulous boutique located in the heart of Harrison City, Pa.

The store offers affordable and unique gifts for men, women and kids of all ages — and pets, too! Buckets Boutique carries jewelry, home décor, women’s accessories, baby gifts, and everything in between. If you are looking for items that are different than other boutiques carry, then Buckets is the place for you!

Heather and husband Mike have three daughters: Brynn, 15; Myla, 12, and Maryn, 7. The family also has a 3-year-old mini goldendoodle, Eli.


In the comments below, tell us about a dream that you always had as a child. Has it been fulfilled? We’ll choose one lucky person to win a “Dream Big” Wind & Fire Bangle Bracelet in either silver or gold!

Note: This giveaway has ended!



How long ago did you start your business? What led you to start it?
Buckets Boutique opened its doors for business on November 1, 2013. Owning my own store has been a dream of mine since I was six years old. When I was six, I asked my parents for a REAL cash register for Christmas. I was lucky enough to receive that real cash register that year and I played “store” any chance I had…from ringing up my mom’s groceries every
time she came home from the store, to pulling clothes out of our closets to play clothing store. Anyone who wanted to play was my best friend. I never let go of my dream, but I put it on the logoback burner to raise my kids and work from home so I could be a stay-at-home mom. I wouldn’t trade those days for anything, but I always wanted to make my dream come to fruition. The year before my youngest daughter started kindergarten, I knew this was my make-or-break moment. If I didn’t follow my dream and take the leap, I never would. Thankfully, I have a wonderful and supportive husband who knew my dream and helped me make it come true.

What types of services/products do you offer?
We offer a little bit of everything so we can appeal to everyone. One of our jewelry lines, GingerSnaps and Lotti Dotties, is an affordable, beautiful and versatile jewelry line that people love. We also have a following for our unique clocks and home décor items. We also carry local honey, which people love for the health benefits that it offers. But our selection doesn’t stop there: We have baby gifts, candles, homemade wreaths, body care, women’s accessories, men’s gifts, and more! With new products coming in daily, there is always something new to see!

WeddingDescribe your first few months getting started. What were your major challenges?
Honestly, my biggest challenge the first few months were trying to juggle the change from being a stay-at-home mom to a working mom. I always kept my kids as my focus and I could see that they were struggling with the fact that I wasn’t always home when they got off the bus, or I had to be on the computer ordering items or answering emails when I would normally be swimming in the pool with them or playing outside. It hurt me immensely, but on the other hand, I knew that them seeing me as a working mom would also be a good thing for them too. Raising girls, my husband and I want to show them how to be independent, responsible, self-relying young ladies who will blossom into young women. Hopefully, I am showing them that they can have a goal and accomplish all that they dream…it may not always be perfect, but it can be done.

What has surprised you the most about yourself when it comes to running your own business?
That I’m not as organized as I “thought” I was. LOL! Organization is a work in progress for me. However, I am most surprised that I am fulfilling my dream. I love my customers, who make Buckets possible. Some have become like family. They come in and we talk about their kids, grandkids, pets, work life, vacations. We have created a bond. I never imagined that my customers would have such a positive effect on me!

How has owning your own business benefitted your family?Candles
It has brought my family closer. Not only do I have a supportive husband, but I also found how supportive my father, mother, sister and in-laws have been, too. My dad comes in and helps me put products out, fix my computer, run the vacuum, whatever needs done. My mom works for us on a normal schedule, but is always on call when my kids are sick or a school activity conflicts with my work schedule. She also makes beautiful wreaths that we sell in the store and decorates the store for every season. People LOVE her door decoratons! My sister, who has years of manager-retail experience, takes one day from from her weekly work schedule and works in the store for me. She is my “chief merchandising officer.” My in-laws are always on call for after-school pickup and are our official sticker department. All the boxes and bags with stickers and ribbon are because of them! Our girls go through catalogs and let us know what we should order and keep us in line with what’s “cool.” My husband is the money man. He keeps me line…it’s not always fun, but necessary. It truly is a family affair.

What do you enjoy the most about owning your own business?
The free reign to do what we want. We are closed on Sundays for “family time.” My kids are young. Soon enough, they will be off to college and out of the house. I’m savoring these moments. That’s why we take a few days off at each holiday. All the money in the world doesn’t replace the memories that we make as a family.

LifelessonsWhat are your goals for the future?
To show my girls that dreams can come true. To continue to provide my customers with the affordable and unique gifts that continue to bring them through Buckets doors. To best the best mom, wife and business owner that I can be to the ones who matter the most.

What advice do you have for women who may want to take the leap and own their own businesses?
There is NEVER the PERFECT TIME to take the leap. If you have the dream, then you have the strength to take the leap. It’s not always easy, there are bumps in the road, but if you take those “bumps” and learn from them, continue to grow, it only makes you stronger. Believe in yourself!

Buckets Boutique is located at 1001 Walnut Street in Harrison City, PA 15636.


In the comments below, tell us about a dream that you always had as a child. We’ll choose one lucky person to win the “Dream Big” Wind & Fire Bangle Bracelet pictured at the top of this post! Winner will be notified by email on 3/29/16.

Note: This giveaway has ended.

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  1. Nicole LeMaster
    March 10, 2016

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    My dream as a child was to be a mom. I’ve always loved kids. My son is a month and a half and I couldn’t be happier!

  2. Dana T
    March 10, 2016

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    My lifelong dream has been to travel the world – and aside from taking some time off to raise our two kids – I’m slowly making it happen one country at a time! :)

  3. Karolyn Seice
    March 10, 2016

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    This is wonderful! Heather is truly one committed mama! Plus, Buckets is a wonderful little shop. When I was young, I always wanted to travel and often thought of becoming a travel agent. Five years ago, I took that leap and entered the travel industry. I work for a friends company, Encganted Destinations, and I love it! I just wish I would have taken the leap sooner! No regrets!

  4. Amy Mero
    March 10, 2016

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    I personally know Heather and she is awesome!!! One thing she did not mention is how much she helps our husbands pick out the perfect things for us on our special occasions! She remembers all her customers and picks our the most amazing gifts!!!!

    My dream was to become a nurse. I took a few detours but was awarded my BSN in Nursing from UofMD. I love being a nurse and the passion for my career shines through everyday!!!❤

  5. Chris
    March 10, 2016

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    My dream was to have a Porsche! Has not happened yet but still working on it.

  6. Heather Gockel
    March 10, 2016

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    I have always wanted to own my own salon since I was like 8 or 9. I always colored my barbies hair with markers and would cut their hair into different styles. I did all my friends and family hair all the time. I can remember giving my mom a perm on our couch when I was 11 years old thinking this is so much fun. I finally opened my own salon, Vintage salon and spa located in Harrison city Irwin area on March 24,2014. This wonderful opportunity has led to the best dream ever of being able to experience my children grow. My three children are Austin 17, Dalton 11, and Gracie Mae 6. My husband ,Tony, and I have coached multiple sports for our kids and have made sure to be there for every game cheering them on. Without my salon and my amazing clients that would not be possible. I don’t want to be rich monetarily but by time and memories. I thank God that I am blessed to have this .

  7. Dorothy Worth
    March 10, 2016

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    I have always wanted to be a teacher. As a child, we would play school, my Mom would cut apart old grocery bags, and we would make posters and banners to hang around the room. In fifth grade, I had the most amazing teacher, Mrs. Fawcett. She inspired me to dream and had some of her students help “tutor” second graders. School and children were always what I wanted to be a part of. After college, I worked in the local tax office until I finally got my “dream job” as a Kindergarten teacher. The following year I married my husband, Don, who was a pastor, and we moved to country parish about 45 miles away. There were no pre-schools in the area, and being surrounded by farm land, several people mentioned that what they needed was a good pre-school. With the congregation’s support, I started a pre-school that fall. My salary was based on number of children – because the church did not want to be burdened it there weren’t many students. That first year began with 16 in 2 classes. It grew… and grew to 4 classes with a total of 59 students and a waiting list. After about 10 years, I realized that God was asking (at some points, it felt like God was telling) me that my calling was to be expanded, and that I needed to go to Seminary. For a while, I resisted. I loved my ministry with the children and their families, as well as being a Pastor’s wife and choir director. We were also trying to adopt a child. After telling God that I really didn’t think his idea would fit into “my” calling, I gave in. I was able to continue teaching for about 2 years, while commuting locally to Pittsburgh Seminary, but I knew that at some point I would have to take the “plunge” and go to either Gettysburg or Columbus to complete my Seminary preparation. This meant leaving home on Sunday evenings, and coming back on Thursday evenings. It wasn’t easy, but I loved it. Just before I was to begin my Internship, we heard about an adoption agency in Pittsburgh who worked with Russian children, and the month before I began my Internship back in this area, we became the very proud parents of our little girl, Katherine Allianna. My internship year was wonderful, and then it was time to go back to finish my last 2 terms. Having to leave Katie home with Don for 4 days a week was horrible, but I was able to take her with me sometimes, and whenever I could, I would come home overnight. At my Ordination, I realized that God’s plan was indeed, the best one. Not only did I not lose my love of teaching (now I work with all ages)… I did not lose the opportunity to be a Mom (Katie is wonderful)… I was still the Pastor’s wife at least until he retired)… and I am able to be a part of a ministry which is beyond words. I am blessed, as I pray that God has worked through be to be a blessing to others.

  8. Debbie Naeger
    March 10, 2016

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    My dream was to be a veterinarian. I loved animals and being outdoors. I mentioned my dream to our family vet once when I was a little girl. The things he told me were so discouraging. I gave up on that dream. I currently work in medicine; for a large surgical practice. I love my job and what I do, but there are lots of times I think about what the vet had said and get mad at myself for giving up so easily. What did he know about me? Just because he wasn’t satisfied with his career, what made him think I wouldn’t enjoy a career helping pets?
    Congratulations Heather for following your dream and being a positive role model in your community.

  9. Corri
    March 10, 2016

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    It took me over 30 years to realize my dream of being on tv!

  10. Shannon Koch
    March 15, 2016

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    Oh boy did I have a lot of dreams growing up! I remember in 5th grade wanting to be a Vet and that changed as I grew up. I always wanted to go to school in Boston and move there to live. I did attend my freshman year of college in Salem, Mass. Life had other plans for me and I returned to Pittsburgh. Which is a good thing because I realized my dream of finding my hubby and having a couple great kids so I can’t complain 😀

    I completely forgot to answer this because I was side tracked when I visited the Bucket Boutique Facebook page. Can’t wait to go visit!

  11. Kim
    March 18, 2016

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    My dream as a child was to own my own business. What that business would be changed over time. I’m currently in the process of setting up a virtual bookkeeping business that will focus on entrepreneur moms!

    I wish I lived close enough to visit Buckets Boutique!

  12. jenn
    March 18, 2016

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    I always dreamed of being a mom. I’m blessed with four boys who made it a reality.
    Heather’s stuff is really neat! Congrats to her.

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