Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We want to wish all our customers, long time and new, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and generally Happy Holidays and best wishes for Peace, Health and Prosperity in 2012!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

No one who achieves success does so without the help of others.

The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
–Alfred North Whitehead

As 2011 races to a close, we are, once again, humbled by and thankful for all of our patrons and friends that have supported us through this, our 5th year of business!

With the continued faltering of the economy, we have witnessed more than a few businesses shut their doors and "Space Available" signs appear in empty store front windows. We are grateful for the continued support of our customers and colleagues and recognize that, without it, we could be amongst those ill-fated businesses.

In the coming year, we hope to make some changes that will provide an even better, more satisfying shopping experience for new and loyal customers alike. Yes, we are still considering expansion, but we also hope to implement some policies and/or programs that will provide mutually beneficial results to our partners in the local community, by giving back to it.

So, stay tuned...

And a Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Is staying put... for now.

GROVE STREET kids has made a decision.

We've been talking to our customers for a while now about the possibility of expansion. The desire to increase our storage capacity as well as offer a broader assortment of maternity wear and baby gear on consignment was well-received by folks and we know that should we have the opportunity to do so, we would receive resounding support from our patrons, family and friends.

Unfortunately, the ducks did not want to line up in that perfect row for us, and expanding into the store front next door will not be happening any time soon. We are very disappointed about the turn of events but, for many reasons, we cannot effectively make the changes we would like to make here.... right now.

We still have hopes of expansion! We want to be the one-stop shop for mommies-to-be and their kids! So stay tuned, we may have more news down the road. Until then, we hope you will continue to show your unwavering support of GROVE STREET kids.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Anniversary!

In these uncertain economic times, we are so grateful to our customers who continue to support us with their patronage and recommendations... it's hard to believe 4 years have come and gone so quickly! As time passes, we have realized that having our own business is not unlike having a new baby, as it starts out small, relishing the moments and milestones as it grows and flourishes!

We have watched GROVE STREET kids do the same and have found our business is demanding expansion to fill the needs of it's customers. We are still in negotiations to try and make GSK twice it's current size where we can offer more maternity and baby gear as well as continuing to offer the largest selection of kid's resale in the area. So we hope you will continue to stand by us and watch us grow!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Arise, then, women of this day!

One of the early calls to celebrate a Mother's Day in the United States was the "Mother's Day Proclamation" by Julia Ward Howe. Written in 1870, it was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The Proclamation was tied to Howe's feminist belief that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.

In the years after the Mother's Day Proclamation, Ann Jarvis founded five Mothers' Day Work Clubs to improve sanitary and health conditions for working women. In 1907, two years after Ann Jarvis' death, her daughter Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother and began a campaign to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the US. Although she was successful in 1914, she was already disappointed with its commercialization by the 1920s. In 1912, Anna Jarvis trademarked the phrases "second Sunday in May" and "Mother's Day", and created the Mother's Day International Association. She was specific about the location of the apostrophe; it was to be a singular possessive, for each family to honour their mother, not a plural possessive commemorating all mothers in the world.*

This year, my family honoured me with breakfast in bed, a necklace hand-picked by my daughter accompanied by, not one, but two Mother's Day cards of her creation. To my surprise, I also received a card from my husband (being that I am not his mother...) in which the card so much as said this and "thanks for taking care of (him) anyway."

From my friends, and supporters of GROVE STREET kids, received the honour of becoming a winner in the StartupNation Leading Moms in Business Competition. I joined the competition late, and so I had no idea where I would fall amongst the ranks of thousands of mom-owned businesses across the country. My only hope was to finish in the top 200... and I did... at 134! In hindsight, it seems a little silly, really. But as most of us moms know, we do and we give and we work hard for ourselves and our families, so when a little recognition comes along for being, not just a great mom, but a great mom in business then, well, I'll take it! It seems only fitting considering what Ms. Howe had in mind...


Monday, March 28, 2011

To Expand, or To Not Expand, That is THE Question...

Recently, you may have noticed a hole in the wall.

Well, not literally, but figuratively, there is a hole in the wall. Or, rather, a space. An empty space. A space that once was the Candy Bouquet. When Jack moved his store to another location, we started getting a lot of questions about whether or not we knew if anyone was moving in... then we started getting questions like, "Are you going to move in?

The truth is, we have been thinking for a while about expanding into the space next door. Jack told us last Fall that they would be moving to a new location at the end of the year. And in the interim, we've talked to some of our regular customers about what they'd like to see or, rather, if they'd like to see us expand. The overwhelming response has been "yes!"

So, at once, we are excited and daunted by the possibilities. If we do this thing, what exactly will we do? More kids clothes? More maternity? Used baby gear? What about used toys? And once we decide, how will we do it? Many, many questions to be answered.

Meanwhile, we are working diligently to figure out how to support this endeavor because, although the desire and opportunity has presented itself, the wherewithal to do it has not. So as we peruse our options as to how to get this thing done we appreciate all the feedback we can get! Let us know your thoughts via email from our "Contact Us" link from our website or at the bottom of this blog!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Get Out the Vote!

It doesn't feel like it's been that long since we were nominated for Best Children's Clothing Store on
We were honored and humbled by the win, and are ever-grateful for the support of our fans and customers.

But, lo and behold, here we are again... and at the risk of sounding self-aggrandizing, I am posting the link here, in the hopes that the relatively few of you out there that read our blog, will take a few moments to go the link and vote for us. (You have to register with the Baylist to vote, but it's quick and easy and you won't get spam - just don't forget to verify your email or it won't count....)

We're Competing badge

Should we win this round, we would have the unprecedented honor of being voted the Best Children's Clothing Store three years running. But, more importantly, and the main reason for this shameless self-promotion, is that the business who acquires the most votes, will win $500 to designate to the charity or non-profit organization of their choice. Our choice is an organization that we have been working with for over a year called Loved Twice. You can read more about our relationship with them and their founder, Lisa Klein, here.

So, thanks in advance, for your support of GROVE STREET kids and in our supporting a very worthy cause.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Here comes the sun....

Here comes the sun do do do do
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's alright.

Little darlin'
It's been a long, cold, lonely winter...

er... has it? Seemingly, no, it hasn't! What's with the 70º weather in January?
Last I checked, it is still winter, isn't it?
I am beginning to think that we are switching hemispheres, after the cold, lonely summer we had last year, and now this...

We've gotten more than a few customers coming in, as a result, looking for warm weather clothing. Short sleeves, shorts, swimsuits... swimsuits? Okay, okay. Those looking for swimsuits in January are preparing for various trips to warmer climates over the upcoming Presidents' Week (otherwise known as Ski Week and for good reason). But more than a few customers have also started bringing in short sleeves, shorts and swimsuits for resale and, whereas, we have started transitioning into buying for Spring (ie lighter layers, Easter dresses, etc.) we are still hoping to see a bit of that cold, maybe not so lonely winter before the end of February. We still have a store full of long-sleeved shirts, long pants and jackets, not to mention ski gear for those last minute shoppers that find the snow-bib that bought last March on sale at REI actually doesn't fit their 5. y.o. that had a growth spirt just last week...

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's That Time of Year...

Originally published at this same time last year under "Cleaning Out Your Closets?" this post offers our best advice for a successful selling trip to GROVE STREET kids. The first couple weeks of January have proven to be the time we experience most people bringing in items for selling, as opposed to trade and/or buying. As a business, we can only "buy" so much before our budget for the week, let alone the month, is already gone! So please read on, and here's to a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2011 for all!

It's that time of year. Some folks are über organized and get their closets cleared in time for the holidays, in order to make room for all the new stuff to come. Most people wait, however, until after the holidays have past to do it. GROVE STREET kids has been hit hard this week with the fruits of their labor - which is great, it allows us to peruse the gamut of styles, sizes and seasons that make their way through our doors. However, some folks walk away disappointed when they take the time and expend their energy hauling multiple bags and/or boxes and still leave with multiple bags and/or boxes.

So we thought we'd offer some tips for making your selling experience at GROVE STREET kids the most successful, for everyone involved:

1. Check our website first: We do our very best to keep it updated as to the particulars of what season we are looking at and buying, what sizes we are in need of and accepting, and what we are not accepting. In addition, there is helpful information like, our buying hours and our trading and drop-off policies.

2. We wash everything (with the exception of new items with tags still attached) before it is placed on the floor for sale, whether or not you wash it before bringing it in. However, we do not purchase items, purposefully, with stains, tears, missing buttons etc. Items with stains (only) that are of the size and season we are in need of, will be purchased for a $1 selling price. This is because, if we can't get the stain out, we send it straight away to our $1 bins. What this means for you: the better condition your items are in, the better price you will obtain for them.

3. If you decide to bring in your child(ren)'s wardrobe from the age of 2 until 7, you will be asked to drop the items off (be sure and read our drop off policy!), as to allow the buyer to peruse them at her convenience. In addition, you will likely receive a volume price for your items. We simply do not have the capacity to purchase everything from everybody. It is in your best interest to bring in items periodically instead of all at once.

4. Call ahead to make sure the buyer is in. Like most people, and especially people with young children, life's little emergencies sometimes arise and the buyer is not always available at the specified buying times. If you call and you don't get to speak to a live person, please leave a message. It is our policy not to answer the phone whilst we are helping or assisting our customers in the store. If you leave a message, we will call you back.

5. Please don't take the "rejection" of your children's clothing personally! Items are chosen primarily on two factors: supply and demand. We often don't buy certain items of clothing that we personally like, simply because they don't sell. On the flip side we do buy certain items simply because there is the demand for them (can anybody say "sweatpants"?) As a general rule, GROVE STREET kids doesn't buy "character" items, however, there are simply some characters (ie. Hello Kitty or Thomas the Tank Engine) that would just be poor judgement not to buy, as they do sell, in almost any condition.

We hope these tips help you to sort things out and make your selling and/or trading experience at GROVE STREET kids to be the most successful it can be. We certainly do appreciate your business!