People from Cleveland are renowned for being strong-willed and fiercely independent. That resoluteness is reflected in all aspects of life in America’s Comeback City. From its tireless support of the Cleveland Browns to its idiosyncratic culinary community to its robust cross section of non-franchise children’s clothing stores. Here’s a rundown of five must-visit kids clothing boutiques.
3469 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Located in the heart of Cleveland Heights, Pinwheel Kids specializes in selling unique and stylish kids clothes and toys that have a distinctly international flavor. Founded two years ago, the store has made itself part of the community with its cheerful and welcoming atmosphere. This store’s knowledgeable staff hosts frequent in-store events. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles can find plenty of gift ideas on the store’s regularly updated social media pages. Pinwheel Kids is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
14417 Detroit Ave.
Lakewood, OH 44107
Ensconced across the street from Lakewood Hospital, Paisley Monkey has served Cleveland since 2010. The cozy retailer offers shoppers more than 1400 different items from more than 70 different brands, including toys, books, games and clothes for kids and babies. In addition to keeping its shelves fully stocked, the fine people at Paisley Monkey also maintain a large online store with orders over $70 eligible for free shipping. Cleveland’s best named store is open Monday through Friday, 11 am to 8 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.
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99 First St.
Hudson, OH 44236
Founded in 2005 by former marketing executive MJ Lehman, Nicky Nicole was created to provide young Northeast Ohio girls with a place to buy quality clothing and accessories. Since its opening, the shop has expanded its offerings to include chic bedroom decor and fun party supplies. The have also opened stores in Woodmere and Westlake. The boutique also has event space available for birthday and Girl Scout parties. Nicky Nicole is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Two Crows For Joy
13005 Larchmere Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 44120-1147
Dedicated to providing consumers with quality, eco-friendly products, Two Crows for Joy sells only clothing and gear for babies and kids made in the USA. Two Crows distinguishes itself from big box retailers by carrying goods manufactured in its own Philadelphia factory using cotton and other materials that are organically grown. The company’s commitment to U.S. economic and ecological prosperity doesn’t mean its clothing isn’t affordable for working-class families. Two Crows for Joy is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Jellybeans Children’s Boutique
36785 Detroit Road
Avon, OH 44011
Only a mile away from the Avon Commons, Jellybeans Children’s Boutique is a consignment store that understands the difficulty parents face with keeping rapid-growing children in stylish and well-fitting clothing. As such, cost-conscious parents can pick up a host of new outfits and giving a bunch of old toys a new home in the same visit. The boutique also keeps a range of dance clothes, communion dresses and costumes available. Jellybeans is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mario McKellop is a freelance writer covering all things Cleveland. His work can be found on Examiner.com.