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Robeez acquired by Stride Rite

In a move that makes perfect sense, Stride Rite last week acquired Robeez Footwear for a purchase price of $27.5 million dollars in cash. Since 1996, Robeez has seen steady and strong growth, and has come to essentially dominate the category of prewalker footwear for infants and toddlers. Sandra Wilson, founder of Robeez, will stay with the company as a ... Read More »

Viva Las Vegas

Greetings from Sin City, where I’m going on 20 hours without sleep. The ABC Show this year is extremely impressive, with a dazzling array of new and interesting products. There’s a lot to see, and even more to digest, by way of trends and patterns. There are so many interesting looking strollers coming to the market, I’m really not sure ... Read More »

O Yikes, another diaper bag?

It’s true, there are a lot of diaper bags out there. And with so many options, shelf space in our store has become quite limited, forcing us to be very selective when it comes to bringing new styles on board. But when we stumbled upon the new O Yikes bags at the JPMA show this past May, we took the ... Read More »

When the ante goes up up up and away

Parenting a four-year-old offers a host of challenges that, as it turns out, we’re fairly unequipped to handle. Case in point: My husband took my older daughter, Audrey shopping for clothing. In order to secure her cooperation in the fitting room, he promised her a sparkly pair of fairy wings she had spotted. Later that night, after she tried to ... Read More »

Seeing stars?

If you’re a regular reader here, you may have noticed the little stars that have recently appeared beneath each post. We’re testing out some new features on the blog, and this was a nifty one. Basically, you can rate each posting with a single click. If you like the post a lot, and you think it’s a five-star job, point ... Read More »

The calm before the storm

For anyone who’s wondering why the posts are tapering off a bit, it’s just that we’ve been spending some time as a family relishing the last warm days of August. Also (and I know I’m not alone here), my eldest is done with camp, but school hasn’t started yet. So it’s sort of a mandatory imposed semi-vacation. Ahem. But it’s ... Read More »

The Living Room Cup

It’s hard to think of soccer as an indoor game, but as the summer winds down and the weather turns colder, you’ll want to check these out. The new Shoot & Scoot Soccer game from newcomer Diggin includes one low-profile goal and a funky half-soccer ball that has a superskid base. With the flat side down, the ball glides smoothly ... Read More »

The Stroller Mechanic Strikes Again

Last night, Fox 25 ran a very funny piece about Dave Quinlan, our warehouse manager and stroller mechanic. I’m not sure how long the video will be online, but for now, you can view the whole thing by clicking here. Related Articles: Who Ever Heard of a Stroller Mechanic (8/07) Read More »

Think you can?

On August 24th, Jumpstart is trying to set a world record for the largest shared reading experience ever. The chosen title? That evergreen classic, The Little Engine that Could. To participate with your children, go to www.readfortherecord.org and register to read. There will be events all over the country on that day, including a great looking celebration at the Boston ... Read More »

Abby Cadabby Joins Sesame Street

There’s a new muppet on Sesame Street, and naturally there’s an uproar to herald her arrival. Abby Cadabby is the first female muppet to join the cast in 13 years, and unlike any of the other muppets on the show, Abby is a girly girl. She’s pink with fluffy pigtails, dainty fairy wings and a “training wand” that she uses ... Read More »