I am the first to admit, I know NOTHING about babies! I do want one someday, but at this point, I'm clueless... Anyways, I have a baby shower this Sunday and was kind of dreading going into Babies R Us for fear of being way too overwhelmed.
Luckily, the signage in this humongous store is really helpful, and right when I walked in the door, I saw a big sign that said 'Registry' - cool! Valarie happened to be sitting there and was extremely helpful. She printed out the registry I was looking for and even helped me find the items I chose to purchase. (Hopefully my friend Melanie will not read this before Sunday, but I bought the cutest little baby bathtub, some towels, and a rubber duckie toy!) - just had to share!
I picked up a card and checked out and then wrapped what I could (the bathtub was too big but I wrapped the other gifts) at the free 'wrapping station' set up in the store. I was in and out in less than a 1/2 hour!
Now next time I will not dread baby shopping, and perhaps I'll even look forward to spending more time in there looking at every baby item imaginable!
I found out about this little shop just the other day... it was listed as one of two places that my friend Deborah was registered at for her baby shower. There is a lot of merchandise crammed into a fairly small space and it appears there is a little bit of all kinds of baby-related gifts and accessories.
While I luckily found a few items to gift for the baby shower (a sesame street cd, a stuffed animal, and a set of muslin wraps, I didn't find the selection overwhelmingly impressive.
The lady working was helpful enough, I like the idea of one-stop boutique shopping, and I prefer to give my $$ to local businesses, but in the future I may find it easier to go to Babies R Us for baby gifting needs. I know - I am cringing as I type those words. But in terms of price and selection, it's looking like Moonbeams may not compare - at least in my not-yet-a-parent eyes. Who knows - by the time I'm ready to be a mom, maybe Moonbeams will be my #1 choice... but for now, my review stands.
Petite Chateau has been in business for eight years and today was the first day I went in to check it out... not sure what took so long, but they are truly a hidden little gem in Arcadia!
Situated right next door to Postino in the historic post office building, I'd seen the sign before but it wasn't until today that I went in. I was impressed with the friendly sales people and even more so with the selection of hip and trendy kids, women's, and men's clothing and accessories - and they carry all kinds of gifts, home goods and furniture too!
Designer labels I noticed were Diane Von Furstenburg, Seven, Vince, Ugg, Ella Moss, and Splendid. I noticed on their website that they carry Barefoot Dreams too.
I was just browsing so I didn't look at prices, but this adorable boutique is worth taking a peak at if you're in the neighborhood!
Cutest baby stuff!
Actually, "cool stuff for small humans," is probably more accurate as it is their tagline...
I have yet to make a purchase at Little Artika, but I see some some of my paycheck headed in Little Artika's direction real soon...
From toys, strollers, furniture including chairs for the nursery, baby and kids' clothes, all kinds of fun accessories, Little Artika has it all. Plus, they are friendly, knowledgeable, and locally owned!
This review is not only for Garage, but also "Family Dugout," the new pop up shop that is owned by and connected to Garage... It just opened this week and it will be around through Spring Training!
Family Dugout is a baseball lover's dream... they're still getting in a ton of merchandise, but for now, they've got really cute baseball team books, books about ballparks, team pennants, Cracker Jacks, peanuts, popcorn, Big League Chew, sunflower seeds, and more. The "dugout" is covered in green turf and I'm pretty sure there will soon be an area where you can take pics as if you were posing for a baseball card. The only bummer: no Detroit Tigers stuff but I assume that's because their spring training takes place in Florida and not here.
As for Garage itself, they've got amazing quirky fun gifts for kids and hip adults... and a huge collection of unique candy too! I picked up some fun stuff recently and Baby M got a few fabulous gifts here from friends as well... Right now you can pick up all kinds of onesies and infant outfits with band themes including AC/DC, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Run DMC, and more. There is a plethora of cute stuff for both boys and girls too.
Katie, the owner, is super sweet, and so was Lisa who was working today when I stopped by. Sure gifts from Garage are on the pricey side, but sometimes you just can't resist. If nothing else, stop by this place to "window shop" or pick up a sugary snack. You can't help but smile at how adorable and fun both Garage and Family Dugout are!
Babystop's temporary location in the Agua Caliente Shopping Center off of 69th St and Shea is very impressive. Not only do they carry top of the line baby furniture, bedding, accessories, etc... but they also have plenty of toys and additional baby / mommy items that you may (or may not need) if you're expecting!
I called earlier in the week to inquire about the Romina line of furniture they carry, and then stopped by this evening to check it out in person. I spoke to Dan on the phone and he happened to be the one working tonight as well and he was very knowledgeable.
Unfortunately, the line is a extremely pricey and above our budget, so we'll be purchasing our new nursery furniture elsewhere, but I still highly recommend checking out Babystop if you're in the market for quality baby stuff of any kind. I'm sure I'll return in the future for additional needs or gifts for friends.
Zoolikins seems to be known as the cloth diaper resource locally, but I have to admit... I don't use cloth diapers. (Please don't hate me!) Sorry environment, but I love Pampers and Huggies.
Nonetheless, I learned about Zoolikins when baby #2 was born 6 months ago. We received an adorable gift from Zoolikins. I made a mental note to visit myself and did so recently... I cannot believe I hadn't been in sooner as it's so close to my house!
I was with my kids and mother-in-law when I visited and we went in on a mission to look at amber teething necklaces. Not only do they have a decent selection of real amber necklaces to choose from (I guess there are some fakes being sold elsewhere according to the woman that was working), but they have a ton of other unique items for kids as well.
While we ended up not purchasing a necklace (my son didn't like them), we did buy some utensils for him, a bib for my daughter, and a cute Dr Seuss plate / bowl set as well. If you are in need of products for your baby or toddler or on the hunt for a cute gift for someone else's kid(s), Zoolikins is worth a visit indeed!
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