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Wellesley is open!

Our Wellesley location opened its doors yesterday afternoon, just in time for our Grand Opening Weekend celebration. Looking back, I can’t believe we pulled it off. Two new stores in less than two weeks. But the new stores look great, and hopefully we’ll catch up on sleep during Thanksgiving. I’ll be at the Hingham store on Sunday, so if you’re ... Read More »

Demanding supply

Two of my favorite items for the fourth quarter are having serious availability issues, and it’s a bummer. The Svan Miniature Table and Chairs set isn’t going to be available again until 2008 because of an issue with their last shipment. I haven’t heard the whole story yet, but I do know that they’re pretty much impossible to find at ... Read More »

Grand Opening Weekend is coming up

We’re celebrating our Grand Opening Weekend in all three stores next weekend, and every single expectant or new parent in the entire New England region should know about this. Why? Because in addition to promising a fun time, we are giving away thousands and thousands of dollars worth of gear. Our vendors are almost as excited as we are about ... Read More »

Gotten well

I’ve always considered myself lucky to live so close to Children’s Hospital of Boston. It’s a world-renowned facility and it’s practically walking distance from my house. Until this past summer, I’d never needed to take advantage of our proximity, but then my older daughter developed a strange rash at camp one day. Erring on the side of caution, we brought ... Read More »

Aqua Dots Recall

Isn’t this getting to be ridiculous already? Today, the CPSC announced a recall of the brand new Aqua Dots product line from SpinMaster. These little beads were designed to be a sort of three dimensional alternative to the popular classic Hama Beads (those little tubular beads that fuse together when you iron them). The Aqua Dots are completely spherical, and ... Read More »

Funny Faces

When the Ty Girlz first made their debut I mentioned that I’d felt conflicted about them. The racy outfits and Bratz-like faces were a bit off-putting to parents looking for wholesome toys. I guess I wasn’t alone. Ty has now taken a step back and made some modifications to the Girlz. The newer releases have more modest wardrobes, and all ... Read More »

Magic Beans Hingham is Open

This morning, we opened the doors to our new store in Hingham. It was pouring rain, but nothing could possibly dampen the excitement around here. The process of designing and building a new store has been in the works for more than a year, and it’s hard to find the words to really express how I’m feeling. Exhausted is the ... Read More »

Mini is in, so I hear.

A little birdie told me that the Baby Jogger City Minis have been spotted in our warehouse. These were one of my favorite finds at the ABC Show, with a winning combination of compact and uncompromising. The fold is outstanding, like all the City Series models. It’s just ridiculously easy. The footprint is nice – it’s small but it doesn’t ... Read More »

Bigger Mountain Range

Today, Sycamore Kids announced a new universal infant car seat clip for the Mountain Buggy Urban Single that will offer the broadest compatibility of almost any stroller on the market, with seven different seats accommodated. Once this new adapter is released, parents will have their choice of the following seats: Maxi-Cosi Mico Britax Companion Combi (not sure if it’s the ... Read More »

Skip Hop goes deluxe

The new versions of the popular Skip Hop diaper bags have just arrived. By way of a reminder, here’s what has changed (from my Skip Hop recap at the ABC show): The Duo and Dash are both getting some upgrades, significant enough to earn them both the subtitle “Deluxe Edition.” Magnetic closures and PVC-free changing pads are two of the ... Read More »