Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Shop Local: Milk and Honey Kids, Bethlehem and Allentown

Gorgeous photos by Patrice Mitchell
Sometimes I seek out business owners for the scoop on their businesses, and sometimes they find me. Rebecca, the owner of Milk and Honey Kids (3303 Bath Pike, Bethelehem and 3900 Hamilton Blvd, Allentown - both next to Talbots), sent me a sweet email... the kind this blogger loves to get, beginning with, "Hi, I just stumbled across your blog, Like you I wasn't born here, lived here on and off growing up and returned 3 years ago."

Rebecca worked for J Crew in NYC and Greenwich, CT, and after being a manager for years, she decided to be a personal shopper. When she and her family moved to the Valley, she noticed that there weren't any children's boutiques. Since June she's opened two very successful stores and carries some lines of apparel, gifts and toys that no other Lehigh Valley retail carries: Tori Spelling's Little Mavens by Hartstrings,

KC Parker clothes for pre-teens, Olive Juice clothes for kids, Melissa and Doug educational toys for children (including completely affordable and adorable wooden dollhouses and huge stuffed toys), and an item I think is genius... teething necklaces from Sonny and Reed. Wonder if they come with matching earrings.

The store is packed with unique items. It's perfect if you need a gift for a baby or kid but have no idea what to get. Rebecca and her team can recommend items in a variety of price ranges. Or if you're like me and dread gift registries at big box stores, shopping at Milk and Honey Kids is a breath of fresh air.

But like LeVar Burton said on Reading Rainbow, don't take my word for it: See what Patrice Mitchell, Lehigh Valley Momma, MOOB Train (Mom Owned/Operated Businesses) and Laini's Little Pocket Guide have to say.

Special thanks to Rebecca for hosting a little trunk show fundraiser for the horses and kids at Equi-librium therapeutic riding, and best wishes on your plans for growing Milk and Honey Kids in and outside the Lehigh Valley!

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