Babies, Babies Everywhere.

Since when did South Granville morph into 4th Ave?

With an ever-increasing collection of baby stores, one has to ask the question. Actually I think the answer is Pottery Barn Kids (PBK).  Like with the other big-box stores that have decided to call SG home, PBK (Stay tuned for Pottery Barn Teen?) unintentionally made our previously antique oriented and gallery focused neighbourhood a Mommie Mecca. 

I found this new persona infuriating until very recently. With numerous friends in various stages of incubation and hatching, all of a sudden I have scads of babies to buy for.  And if there’s one thing you should know about me, it’s that I’m excruciatingly lazy when it comes to shopping (amongst other things). This is great news for the retailers of South Granville.

Over the Holidays I found myself in PBK the “mother” of babies stores. I was impressed with their selection of Star Wars everything. However particularly for non-gender specific infants I was at a bit of a loss. After baby makes it to toddler or precocious 6 year old, I will perhaps revisit the Star Wars theme. 

Until that time and while friends insist on getting knocked up, I have two delightful recommendations:

illustration by Zenija Esmits

illustration by Zenija Esmits

Notting Hill Kids (NHK) - Located where the gorgeous Violet Boutique was for the past 5 years (now on 6th ave. around the corner from the wildly popular Beaucoup Bakery and two doors down from charming Oliver and Lily’s), NHK is a full-on kiddie heaven. From infant and beyond there are clothes, toys and storybooks for all stages of kid-dom. I came away with a selection of things that will be more than suitable for babies the world over.

Notable pieces include:

  • Steiff’s precious collection of cuddly toys.
  • Barbapapa themed clothes.
  • Our Canadian Love Story - by a certain local children’s book author; Linnie von Sky.

Leuie – Semi attached to Scott Landon Antiques on Granville and 8th, Leuie is a little pocket of magic. It’s clear the store was very carefully thought out, and the merchandise reflects that.  I spoke to Sarah, who was sweetness and light personified and with her assistance was able to pick out what would be the perfect baby gift for a very specific recipient.

Notable pieces include:

  • White Rabbit of England porcelain night-lights, taking the form of down right adorable hedgehogs and colourful fairy toadstools.
  • De Beaux Souvenirs dainty wire art from France, fashioned into crowns, teacups and garlands.
  • Babylit storybooks  featuring classics like Moby Dick and Jane Eyre designed for kids with fantastic illustrations and easy to turn durable thick card pages.

For those of you that find yourself sharing the woes of perpetual baby-buying, look no further - South Granville is now the place to be.

Posted on January 8, 2014 .