Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Baby Habit's Grand Opening

Wow, what a store! If you have not yet visited The Baby Habit in their new location, you are in for a real treat. I had left my house in a fog of post-nap crankiness, but literally started smiling upon entering the shop. It's just so joyful and happy! There are bright colors everywhere, adorable baby-ness on every rack, and the best collection of wooden, whimsical kids' toys around. John Lein, the store owner, is responsible for the recent remodel, along with his wife Miriam. It's just perfect.

I had a great time picking out some super soft, super cute, tiny shirts to be embroidered as gifts. The store boasts their own embroidery machine, and items can be ready in as little as ten minutes. There is a full range of color and style choices.

The selection of baby clothing and shoes at The Baby Habit is really amazing. Better yet, most of their brands seem to be eco-friendly. They carry babysoy clothing, a line that uses 50% recycled soybean fiber. Bamboo Baby brand (made from bamboo fiber) comes from England, and their line of ShooShoos are made in South Africa. Customers can custom order Kids Collection Furniture, a line of amish-made products from Ohio that can be made with organic finishes. The Baby Habit also carries see kai run shoes, Moby Wraps, and cloth diapers.

Miriam and John care about supporting local businesses as well. In addition to their own Baby Habit line of burp cloths and diaper bags, they sell Heather Hill dresses (an adorable line made by a Siloam resident) and amazing paintings by local artist Rebekah Mathis. While suitable for kids' rooms and play spaces, the paintings are vibrant, fun and stylish, and would be perfect in any environment.

With all of that said, I haven't even gotten to the really fun part yet- the toys! The Baby Habit carries a full line of Plan Toys- "Green Toy-Green Company." Everything is wooden and incredibly unique. Modern, yet timeless. Real hands-on and interactive. Young visitors to the store are invited to play and explore- there is a giant train table, and lots of stuff to push and pull. My favorite is an adorable "Sit N Walk" puppy, and I received a miniature version on a key chain as a free gift with my purchase, along with my very own Baby Habit cloth shopping bag. Fun!

Store hours are 11-6 Tuesday-Thursday, and 11-9 Friday-Saturday.

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