I recently made a commitment to shop at more local stores when I can. I love me some Amazon Prime as much as the next, but sometimes I like to touch an item and see it in person before I click “proceed to checkout”. Also, when it comes to buying stuff for babies and kids, you just need it now and can’t wait two days. Besides, paying a few extra bucks to a locally owned business is definitely worthwhile.
So, I’ve been checking out some of Columbia’s children’s stores and have found a few favorites. See my list below along with a food recommendation for each because, if you are like me, you are either hungry before or after shopping. And again, you get to spend your money at another locally owned business. You’re welcome 🙂
Toys, toys, toys. Plenty of them and plenty of fun here on Forest Drive. This shop seems small on the outside, but it’s FULL of all of your kid’s (and your) favorites. They carry toys for babies all the way up to big kids. They have scooters and ride on toys you can check out while you are there to be sure it fits your kid well. STEM toys, kitchen sets, babydolls, a train table, the works. I personally keep them on speed dial (do people actually use that any more?) as they carry our precious baby Stella. If our Stella baby goes missing, I will speed right over there for a replacement before anyone can shed a tear. They also offer complimentary gift wrapping, which I know is a lifesaver for us moms!
Where to eat: The Happy Café – Perfect spot for homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Specializing in children’s shoes, this little store packs a punch. Head on over to Forest Drive to find this place with adorable teeny shoes on up to your bigger kids, too. You can find dress shoes, casual shoes, and sandals for those famously hot summers. Try not to cry looking at those baby Birkenstocks … so adorable! They have a knowledgeable staff that will help you get the right size for your little no matter what brand you are buying. I found out that some brands run a lot bigger, so I actually didn’t need to size up for my daughter if I bought those. Who knew? They even have a slide and toys to keep your littles entertained while you browse.
Where to eat: Village Idiot Pizza – NY style pizza at it’s finest!
This cute store is on Devine right next to some of your other favorite places to shop. They have all of your favorite southern styles and specialty boutique brands. Adorable little bubbles, smocked dresses, bloomers, sunsuits, PJs, shoes and more! They also carry all of your basic baby necessities and books and toys. Follow them on Instagram and you can see their current stock and new arrivals in their stories. Shop online or register here too!
Where to eat: The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli – You get a mini cinnamon roll with every meal. Need I say more?
Now this one seems like it’s only furniture, which is a lot of the store, but it offers so much more! They have custom bedding, toddler and big kid furniture, and plenty of art and décor. They also have all of your favorite brands of strollers, car seats, and other gear. In addition, there is a cute little nook where they sell diaper bags, blankets, books, and toys. They are located a little more towards the northeast on Decker Blvd. All of their sales reps are knowledgeable and very kind. You can earn points for purchases that go towards future purchases as well as get points for referrals. You can even register there if you are expecting.
Where to Eat: Boshreen – Cute little café with great Middle Eastern food choices.
These are just four stores I have shopped at and personally love. I know there are many more, so head on out and explore your local stores. Happy shopping! (and eating)