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Big Reveal from Bugaboo tonight at ABC Kids Expo

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We’ve been having a great time in Las Vegas at the ABC kids Expo. We love scouting out all of the new products. Seeing the new 2015 UPPAbaby line yesterday was a real highlight. One of the nice things for us as retailers is that we get to connect with our manufactures after the trade show in the evening (or ... Read More »

Great news: Magic Beans is coming to Connecticut!

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It was almost exactly ten years ago, but it feels like yesterday that the idea for Magic Beans was born: a new store for modern parents that merged a great toy selection with a fantastic assortment of top-quality baby gear. As young parents, Sheri and I built the store that we wanted to shop at, and Bostonians came in droves ... Read More »

After the ABC Kids Expo: We’ve still got more to show you!

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Another ABC show has come and gone, and we had a great time! Along with seeing countless fantastic new products, it’s always great to catch up with our vendors, our friends, and other exceptional baby retailers from across the country. Magic Beans is part of an organization called Brixy that unites many of the independent baby stores around North America. ... Read More »

The Magic Beans Guide for Grandparents: Our Top 3 Tips

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Do you have a new grandchild on the way? Congratulations! Of course, kids have the same basic needs as they did when your children were little, but baby gear has changed a lot – there’s so much more of it, and it’s so much better! We hope this guide will help you navigate this exciting new world with less anxiety ... Read More »

Giveaways Day 1 – Britax Frontier 85

This past March, I got to leave Sheri and the kids for a couple of days to visit Britax at their headquarters in North Carolina. Personally, I love it when our manufacturers’ values align with ours – and I was really impressed to see firsthand how much Britax really strives to make life more convenient for parents. I was inspired ... Read More »

Balance, build, and strategize with games from Foxmind

Not since Blue Orange have I found a company with a suite of games that are all fresh, smart, fun, and great for all ages. Foxmind makes a group of solitaire, thinking, and spatial logic games. I opened 3 of the games at our Magic Beans store in Hingham today: Equilibrio, Zoologic, and Meta-Forms – and thoroughly distracted the staff ... Read More »

The Circus is back in town

This is my 14th summer with Sheri’s family in Cape Cod. There are a lot of indications of the time that has passed these many summers – we’re not teenagers anymore. We’re married, we have kids of our own. And Sheri’s littlest sister, just a baby that first summer, is 15 now. In those early years, Sheri’s parents collected some ... Read More »

Bjorn Necessity

It’s been 2 weeks now since the birth of our son, Zev, and I am going to pinch hit for Sheri again as she enjoys lots of well-deserved quality time with our baby. I’ve been really excited about sharing with the spillingthebeans readers all of the wonderful new toys and gear that we are getting to use — our awesome ... Read More »

Giant Microbes – Disease can be cute

Hey there, this is Eli. As we wait for baby #3 (Sheri is due today) I thought I would pick up some slack and do a blog posting. For the past 2 years or so, at various, random times, the Magic Beans buyers will toss Chlamydia, Giardia, Staph and the Black Death at me. This is not an indication of ... Read More »