Is there anything more adorable than gifting the perfect tiny outfit to a friend with a baby or seeing it on your own little one? If you’re in the market for baby items, I’ve searched Downtown Harrisonburg and found the best places to shop. From fair trade, organic baby toys and clothes to handmade baby moccasins, the 'Burg does not disappoint. Check out these stores for unique children's items:
is your one-stop-shop for fair trade baby clothes. Perhaps you've visited the shop before and swooned over their unique selection of clothes and accessories--all of which are fair trade certified. If you're unfamiliar with the phrase, "fair trade" items are made by artisans who are paid a fair, living wage for the products they create. Now, you and your child can support Green Hummingbird and fair trade together! A few of the brands they carry for babes and infants are Yala, Maggies, and Dsenyo. My favorite part of their selection -- the distinctive and striking patterns on all their clothes.
carries a gorgeous line of plush organic toys, blankets, and even bibs for babes--all from fair trade certified brands. Like Green Hummingbird, Ten Thousand villages carries items skillfully crafted by artisans from all around world who are paid fairly for their work. The store carries a range of items from home décor and jewelry, to greeting cards, coffee and chocolate. While your child is snuggling up with their new toy or blanket you can feel good knowing that you're supporting artisans from across the globe.
is a 74 year old staple in the 'Burg. Self-proclaimed as ‘Harrisonburg’s Most Unusual Store,' the shop is known as a popular stop for the perfect holiday costume or makeup and party items. But did you also know that Glen's also has a basement filled with unique old time toys and collectibles? They do not carry electronic or digital toys in their basement -- only the toys you know and love from your childhood. The basement has a mismatched collection of nostalgic toys like Jack-in-the boxes, model cars, wooden pop guns, Breyer horses, and Madame Alexander dolls to name a few. You're sure to find a true one of a kind treasure there!
is your go-to store for outdoor equipment and apparel. They carry items ranging from trendy outdoor clothing and camping gear to hammocks and even life jackets for your dog! With such wide variety, you're sure to find all the gear you need for an outdoor excursion with your little adventurers, including hats, backpacks, weatherproof jackets and shoes. My personal favorite? The cozy baby booties from Smartwool.
The Yellow Button
You may know the Yellow Button as a chic downtown boutique of women’s clothing and accessories. Perhaps you stopped in and fell in love with a pair of Frye boots or some of their gorgeous jewelry made by local artisans. But, did you know they also carry items for your little fashionista? Locally handmade baby moccasins by Wandering Soles and a gorgeous selection of cotton muslin crib sheets, bibs, and towel sets from Little Unicorn are just a few brands for babes. And look at these stunning rompers--they’re the perfect baby shower gift!
Whatever Vintage Boutique
Whatever Vintage Boutique is a unique vintage clothing shop that shares its space with White Unicorn, an equally unique hair salon. It’s a brilliant set up -- you can get a new hairstyle and an outfit all in one place. Whatever Vintage carries affordable vintage fashion clothing items along with shoes and accessories all handpicked by the owner herself. Although they do not currently sell baby clothes, you'll find cute retro kids' clothes on the racks soon! Here is a preview of what you can expect:
Other great places to Shop or Visit with Your Little One:
- Explore More Discovery Museum
Children's eyes light up when they step inside the museum. The interactive and multi-sensory exhibits are inspired by the community. Shop at the farmers market, pretend to be a meteorologist in the TV3 studio, experiment in the science lab, make art you can take home, and so much more. The museum also offers weekly programs and summer camps for all ages.
- The Frame Factory
Help keep those precious moments with your kids beautifully preserved for years to come with frames from The Frame Factory. They carry a selection of wood and metal frames, framed mirrors and art, and offer custom matting and framing services. From your child's first artistic masterpiece to family vacations, let The Frame Factory help you highlight the milestones of your child's life.
- Friendly City Co-op
Growing kids need healthy, nutritious food. Friendly City Co-op is the place for local and organic snacks to include in your child's lunch or for your next family meal.
- The Lady Jane
Planning a baby shower soon? The Lady Jane and Sparrows Flowers, a floral design company, are your one-stop-shop for elegant, vintage décor and floral arrangements. The two shops share a space together on Main Street and are perfect for discovering items such as cards for an upcoming baby shower or precious baby hair clips.
- Larkin Arts
Encourage your child's artistic side with a trip to Larkin Arts, downtown Harrisonburg's art supply store. In addition to supplies, they also offer classes for both children and adults. Stop by for inspiration for your next craft night with the kids, or bring the whole family to wander around their gallery, featuring local, regional, and national artists.
- Massanutten Regional Library
Nothing grows child's mind quite like a good book. After a trip to Explore More Discovery Museum, make a stop at the library, located conveniently next door. Check out your favorite book and stay for story time or an afternoon movie with the family.
- Wonder Records
Pick out a vintage record at Wonder Records for nap time or a dance party. Wonder Records is a vinyl only store that features a large selection of used records to choose from.
- You Made It
Looking for a fun family activity or a birthday party venue? At You Made it, children can paint their own pottery or even create hand or footprint plates. Make fun memories and take a keepsake home with you!