Jamara Ghalayini resides in Calabasas, California with her daughter Ofelia and their 3 dogs Bear, Ollie, Henry Michael. Prior to founding Pumpkinheads in September 2005, Jamara worked as a Sr. Business Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Los Angeles . While working as a consultant she began volunteering in local schools through Junior Achievement educating children on the importance of community, education and the economy. It was the first day of the JA program that changed her life forever. She worked with children that were in desperate need of books, clothing and food. The shocking poverty level of these Angeleno children inspired her to commit to developing a plan to help.
In the spring of 2005 Jamara created a business plan to launch Pumpkinheads and make a real change by creating a continuous revenue stream for local children's charities. The high end boutique, located in the luxurious Brentwood neighborhood (with neighbors such as Tavern, SugarFish and SoulCycle) of Los Angeles, California, opened September 1, 2005 and offers the finest in children’s clothing, accessories and gifts. Pumpkinheads has become a celebrity favorite appearing weekly in magazines featuring various celebrity shoppers picking up their favorite brands like Molo, Scotch & Soda, Lili Gaufrette, Paul Smith Jr. and More. Pumpkinheads is also frequently featured on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and many other television and film productions. The boutique boasts the most sought after collection of fine children’s clothing from Europe and the USA.
Currently, Pumpkinheads is an official collection center for Baby2Baby offering a convenient location to drop off new and gently used items for babies and children. There is a bi-weekly pick-up and donations are accepted daily. Please check www.baby2baby.org for a list of accepted items.
Jamara is devoted to the idea of making a real and measurable difference in the lives of children in their community. As of September 2016, Pumpkinheads fund raising efforts have generated more than $400,000 through their charitable endeavors including Operation School Bell, The March of Dimes, ArtShare LA, Good Beginnings (Cedars Sinai NICU), The Help Group, Baby2Baby, Children’s Action Network and No Limits and their newest charity partner Present Now. It is her hope that Pumpkinheads will inspire many and help many more in the process. For more information on how you can make an immediate difference that will literally change the life of a child, contact us at 310-207-6760. Let us know how we can help you help change the future for the kids in our community!