Category: Featured Retailers

Passport to Dawn Price Baby

Each month Studio T features one of our retailers.  This month we sat down with Dawn from Dawn Price Baby. From Taekwondo to running her own business, Dawn really is a mom who juggles it all.  Continue reading to see how she keeps everything moving!

Tea: What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you? 

Dawn:Not much, I am pretty much an open book.  I recently became a black belt in Taekwondo. I am a lawyer, accountant by degrees.  I have three kids (set of boy/girl twins) and an old, sweet chocolate lab and LOVE watching kids movies with my kids snuggled with me on the couch.  I love to talk about business and will sit with just about anyone to talk about whatever they are interested in doing.Tea: What is your favorite part of your day at the store?

Dawn: Before we open, I get to look around and evaluate the store — how it looks, what it needs, how beautiful it is!

Tea: We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?

Dawn: We host two major events a year – Mom’s Night Out.  It has turned into a fun night of shopping and socializing with friends.  We really try to focus on customer service and expertise as we have a lot of bigger stores in the area.  We also have a great rewards program that we offer our customers.


Tea: What is the biggest trend you see right now in either shopping or kid’s fashion? 

Dawn: We are having good success with sticking to items that are more unique and not viewed as a commodity.  For example, we do better with specialty leggings over plain leggings.  We have more and more customers coming in for multiple kids and multiple outfits.  We try to make it easy by setting outfits for them and offering options to mix and match.Tea: We love sets!

 

Tea:    What do you do in your “spare” time (if you have any)?

Dawn: I actually do a lot, but I sacrifice sleep and “me” time.  I help with the kids running club at their school and my child’s lacrosse practice.  I don’t miss their practices or games.  I make a big deal out of birthday parties and friends over and, we are in taekwondo (as a family).  Trade off is lack of sleep, migraines and circles under the eyes. I am currently in the kid stage of life, even though I am running a business.  I try to enjoy every second I have either with the kids or a work.  I joke around a lot in both areas and try to have a lot of fun.

Tea: Since you do it all, would you mind sharing your secret to success with us?

Dawn: Stay organized, stay focused and make the decision — whatever decision it is.  I am not right all the time, but I do try to keep moving forward.  I empower the people that work with me to look at the big picture and contribute versus just clocking in and out.  I expect a lot and give credit where credit is due.


 

Passport to Rocky Mountain Kids

Each month Studio T features one of our retailers.  This month we chatted with Stephanie from Rocky Mountain Kids.  We invite you to learn about the mother-daughter duo that are here for their customers day in and day out in their 3500 square foot store.  Come learn about Rocky Mountain kids!

Behind the scenes at Rocky Mountain Kids

Tea: How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store? How long has your store been in business?
Stephanie: How does anyone get into their own business?  Big ideas, a leap of faith, and a wing and a prayer.  The chance to be your own boss?  Yes, please!  We’ve been in business for 15 years- all in one location. We have been carrying Tea since the days when the entire line consisted of maybe a dozen pieces.  Lily (our daughter/granddaughter who has been raised with our family at Rocky Mountain Kids) is now 9 and has been a wearing Tea since she was a newborn (pink footie with red trim — anyone remember that?) and every season since.
Tea: She’s an original little citizen.

Tea: What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you?
Stephanie: We (mother and daughter) get to work together every day and we still like to hang out together outside of work.  A lot!  (Although I don’t know if that would really surprise any of our customers).

Tea: What is your favorite part of your day at the store?
Stephanie: Receiving new shipments.  It’s like Christmas every day.  Putting new, exciting product out on the floor is like having chosen the perfect gift for a friend.  You can’t wait for them to open it.

Tea: What is the biggest trend you see right now in either shopping or kid’s fashion? What are people coming in for?
Stephanie: Well, Tea is now its own trend.  Imitation is the highest form of flattery right?  We see other brands trying to imitate the Tea look and style as their own.  The trend is quality, fashion, color, and affordability all with a story.

Tea: What do you do in your “spare” time?
Stephanie: Family, friends, and a couple of cocktails on Friday nights.   When we’re lucky and Cristy is in town, a visit to Zolo Grill and an ice cream cone.

Tea: How do you balance it all? What tricks can you offer us?
Stephanie: Balance?  Even if things are balanced, would they ever really feel that way?  You’re at the store, you feel like you should be at home.  You’re at home, your thinking about the store.  Home is work, work is home.  But that is why we love it.  Right?  My best advice- Love what you do, love who you are, love who you’re with (family, friends, staff).

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Visit Rocky Mountain Kids at 2525 Araphoe, H12a in Boulder, CO 80302.

 

Passport to Style Child

Each month Studio T features one of our retailers.  This month we chatted with Kyle from Style Child.  We  invite you to discover Style Child, an innovative children’s boutique nestled in sunny San Diego.  Maybe you know Kyle and all of her friendly staff but we bet you didn’t know she was once a Captain in the Air Force.

 

 

Kyle, founder of Style Child Boutique

Meet Kyle, owner of Style Child.

 

 

Tea: How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store?
Kyle: Style Child has been open 6 years.  I was formerly an engineer for 10 years, and after having a baby, I found I gravitated to all things baby:  cute clothes, toys, furniture, decor.  It was a combination of needing a career change, plus my changing interests, plus a lack of children’s clothing opportunities in San Diego that led me to the idea of opening up a boutique myself.

Tea: What is your favorite part of your day at the store?
Kyle: When I do the buying!  I am always so excited to find new and amazing fashions, or cool toys.

Tea: What makes your store unique?
Kyle: We like to be on the cutting edge of design and fashion and we have a sophisticated flair.  We are very different from traditional baby stores.  We carry hardworking pieces whether it is toys, clothing, or furniture.

On the floor at Style Child Boutique

Style Child’s abundant Tea selection.

Tea: At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission in your life?
Kyle: I love learning new languages and have been known to play Russian language tapes while commuting in my car!  I have French and Spanish and English toys in the store. We even have German products and Canadian products, by having a global influence in your selection you guarantee an interesting and thoughtful mix of your products. It helps broaden the horizons of your customers too!
Tea: We love that you really bring the world home for your customers.

Tea:  How do you balance it all? What tricks can you offer us?
Kyle: I like the Kaizen Principle.  It’s about making small steps forward instead of trying to do too much all at once.  And it’s about streamlining.
Tea:  That is a great tip for all of us who need to keep our New Year’s resolutions.

Visit Style Child on your next trip to San Diego! Find Kyle and her team at 1070 University Avenue, J-101 San Diego, CA 92103.

Passport to Cotton Tails

Each month Studio T will feature one of our retailers.  This month we are getting a glimpse into the mind of Miki, founder of Cotton Tails in Memphis, TN.  Learn about her store philosophy here.

Miki as a little girl at her first Ikebana lesson.

Miki at her first Ikebana lesson.

Tea: How did you decide to take the leap and open your own store?
Miki:
When my oldest daughter was born, I used to frequent a children’s store.  Every time I would walk in, I was completely ignored. I would find things on my own and would ask if someone would please ring me up! It was so frustrating but it was the only place to shop. When the opportunity arose, I felt I could start my own children’s store but have wonderful customer service. I don’t think Cotton Tails would be here today for 24 years if they had only treated me nicely at that store!

Tea: We know how special and unique all of our stores are, what makes your store unique?
Miki:
We do Saturday arts and crafts for the children every weekend. We do an annual Sidewalk Sale that people arrange their vacations around. Twice a year we have a calendar sale with a different category on sale every day of the month. We do seasonal events, like Mrs. Santa, silhouette artists, frozen yogurt treats during the summer and anything else we can think of!

Tea Collection display at Cotton-Tails

Our 2012 Nordic Holiday Collection at Cotton-Tails.

Tea: At Tea, we “Go There”, how do you share in that mission at your store and/or in your life?
Miki:
I’ve ‘Been There!’ My mother is Japanese, and I was born and spent my early years in Japan. I have been very fortunate to be able to instill my mother’s heritage and customs into my life.  It has given me a better understanding of working with people from different nationalities and backgrounds.

Tea: How do you balance it at all? What tricks can you offer us?
Miki:
I do a daily list of what needs to be done at the store and check off accordingly.  I try to just put the top ten.

Tea: What do you do in your “spare” time?
Miki:
I love to cook and have friends and family over.

Tea: What is something that your customers would be surprised to learn about you?
Mikie:
I LOVE to dance! Really!

Leigh Rawdon and Miki in Cotton-Tails.

Leigh and Miki at the Tea Time event.