Locally owned shops are rare these days, but Popular in Calabasas is an exception. A range of trendy styles for babies, kids, tweens and even moms and dads can be found there at mid-range prices. Head north to the funky beach community near Pierpont Beach in Ventura for The Crabby Baby, a great little shop with hip clothing, cool shoes and unique toys that can’t be found anywhere else.
Written by ERIN NEWMAN Photos by JOAN PAHOYO
Bigger chain retailers can offer value along with originality. If you’re looking to outfit tots in edgy yet luxe attire, search no further than M.Fredric, a chic L.A.-based boutique with trendsetting designer pieces for the whole family. Its two Conejo Valley locations are stocked with duds dedicated to infants, teens and everything in between. Those looking for clothing that is traditionally classic in style should check out Janie and Jack, which offers timeless pieces for children up to age 8. Gymboree is known for its darling, themed collections that are not only adorable but high-quality and durable for newborn to age 12. The Children’s Place carries stylish and fun togs for babies, boys and girls at prices that won’t put a big dent in your wallet.
For families on a strict budget but still looking for variety and quality, thrift and consignment shops may fit the bill. Cribs 2 Teens 2nd Time Around in Simi Valley is chock-full of gently used name-brand clothing for infants through size 14 at 50 to 75 percent below retail. Baby gear and toys are also available. Worth the drive to midtown Ventura is Little Birdy Lane, a kids and maternity consignment shop whose owners are dedicated to fostering an eco-conscious society by providing “like-new” clothing and equipment. The shop also offers a free music and movement class each week. Also, a variety of used babies’ and children’s clothing can be found at the Arc Thrift Stores, with locations in Oxnard and Ventura.
Parkway Calabasas Shopping Center 23528 Calabasas Road, Calabasas (818) 222-2511 www.thepopularstore.com
The Crabby Baby
1058 S. Seaward Ave., Studio 1, Ventura (805) 628-3944 www.thecrabbybaby.com
Gelson’s Village, 22283 Mulholland Hwy.Calabasas (818) 223-8400
Westlake Plaza, 982 S. Westlake Blvd. Suite 14, Westlake Village (805) 777-1007 www.mfredric.com/kids
Janie and Jack*
The Oaks, 468 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks (805) 418-9852 www.janieandjack.com
The Commons at Calabasas 4719 Commons Way, Calabasas (818) 876-0094
The Oaks, 290 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks (805) 496-1510 www.gymboree.com
The Children’s Place*
The Oaks, 190 W. Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks (805) 449-1713 www.childrensplace.com
Cribs 2 Teens 2nd Time Around Thrift Store
2139 Tapo St., Simi Valley (805) 306-1246 www.cribs2teens.biz
Little Birdy Lane
2538 E. Main St., Ventura (805) 667-8232 www.littlebirdylane.com
The Arc of Ventura County Thrift Stores
625 North Oxnard Blvd., Oxnard
265 East Main St., Ventura (805) 650-8611 www.arcvc.org
* These retailers also have outlet locations at:
Camarillo Premium Outlets 740 E. Ventura Blvd., Camarillo (805) 445-8520 www.premiumoutlets.com/camarillo