Shopping + Services
Every mindful and thrifty parent seeks the perfect balance of value and style when it comes to outfitting his or her child. And it is not a crazy exercise to trust our collective parent wisdom when it comes to suggesting great gear and products for raising our children.
Fellow parents are our best emissaries for determining quality, selection and customer service.
2014 Shopping + Services — Winners + Finalists
Kids’ Clothing + Consignment Shops
WINNER: Hopscotch Consignment Boutique
Love great deals on children’s gear and maternity wear? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Hopscotch Consignment Boutique. Carrying a wide range of brand-name kids’ apparel, toys and equipment (strollers, high chairs, baby seats and more), this Bellevue shop also stocks fashionable maternity wear for trendsetting mamas-to-be. Readers rave about this “awesome store” for its “great selection and service,” “well-organized” selection and “reasonable prices.”
“Great deals and awesome stuff” are the draw at the seasonal Jack & Jill Consignment Sale held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Featuring an extensive selection of stylish designer kids’ clothing, toys, furnishings and more, this popular sale is noted by readers as having a “great selection with nice stuff.” And when the sale is done, the leftover goods are donated to local nonprofits that serve families in need. All in all, a great event that everyone can benefit from!
Childish Things, a locally owned Seattle staple since 2008, offers a large variety of gently used children’s clothing, toys and gear, plus a selection of new, brand-name goods. Parents love this charming outpost for its “non-cluttered, modern” setting, “amazing staff” and “fair prices.”
Offering kids’ clothing up to size 10, Little Quadoo Consignment, a secondhand shop in Renton, also stocks maternity wear, toys, furnishings and gear. Local families love the “friendly staff and low prices” and “handmade items by local moms.” One reader sums up this shop by stating simply: “They’re awesome!”
WINNER: Top Ten Toys
An unimpeachable Seattle-area favorite, Top Ten Toys features a large selection of classic, hands-on playthings that promote creativity and imagination. Hailed by one voter as “the best toy store in the world,” this locally owned, battery-free institution also offers a “play area” and “cool, helpful staff members who are very patient with kiddos messing up the store.”
Snapdoodle Toys is a toy store that offers free lattes to shopping parents — sounds pretty magical, right? That’s exactly what families adore about Snapdoodle (known by local devotees as Snappy’s). Offering “quality products” that inspire creativity in a “kid-friendly environment,” this funky Kenmore-based shop also features space for birthday parties and regular kids’ art classes.
On the hunt for unique, educational playthings? Look no farther than White Horse Toys! Located in Issaquah, this celebrated shop provides “an amazing selection” of creative, classic and quirky toys for all ages in a laid-back atmosphere. Parents love the homegrown vibe and note that the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
An overall winner for gently used goods, Hopscotch Consignment Boutique again racks up the votes for its robust toy selection. Providing a well-organized variety of secondhand playthings for babies and kids, this shop is a hit with local families for its low prices and “cute options.”
WINNERS: Crossroads Kids Salon, Dooz 4 Kidz
Situated in a popular kids’ toy store, Crossroads Kids Salon is truly a one-stop shop for local families. Featuring whimsical car and plane chairs for kids, this contemporary outpost garners raves from parents for its “cheerful,” “friendly” staff and “great haircuts.”
Bright and upbeat, Dooz 4 Kidz continues to be a fan favorite each and every year. Located in Bellevue Square, this established salon features “patient” and “great stylists” who “can work with curls,” themed children’s parties and its own all-natural hair products for tots.
Long gone are the days of ol’ bowl haircuts! Kids and parents alike give Bella and Max two big thumbs up when it comes to providing great cuts at affordable prices, with a little entertainment thrown into the mix, too. After your child chooses the perfect toy car to sit in, he gets to pop in a feature flick to peruse while getting a stylish new ’do. Now, we can’t help but ask, where is the adult version of this neat shop? Voters love the “ease of scheduling online” and the salon’s “fun and inviting” atmosphere.
Well loved by local families for its hip setting, Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids offers enjoyable kids’ haircuts — with motorized car chairs and video games to boot. This kid-friendly Ballard shop also features a nail salon and birthday party space. Voters also give shout-outs to Sharkey’s for its “awesome customer service.”
Other great Seattle-area salons that top the go-to list for cool kid cuts include:
Brat Pack Salon in Redmond: “The people there are always so patient.”
Fun Kuts in Lynnwood: “We followed TeTe there from Li’l Klippers because she’s a pro with boys’ cuts.”
Rudy’s Barbershop in Seattle: “No appointment needed. Need I say more?”
The Salon at Kid’s Club in Seattle: “Kid-friendly, quick, with a train table and playground to get the wiggles out first.”
⇐ Toy Stores | ⇑ Shopping + Services | Baby Boutiques ⇒
WINNER: Hopscotch Consignment Boutique
Backed with “great prices” and “amazing service,” Hopscotch Consignment Boutique in Bellevue reigns supreme with voters as the best shop for all things baby, including maternity wear! Featuring a “well organized” selection of “reasonably priced” secondhand goods, this cheerful retailer supplies hip babes with brand-name apparel, toys and equipment.. One parent notes: “They have everything!”
Touted by voters as “the ultimate baby store,” Babies"R"Us is a one-stop shop for many families nationwide. Offering an easy-to-use registry system for parents to-be and a vast selection of clothing, gear and accessories, parents can’t get enough of their “big selection” and discounted prices on brand-name goods.
For over 50 years, Bellevue’s Merry Go Round Children's Store has been outfitting families with the latest in kids’ apparel, furnishings, toys and accessories. It’s “so easy to find exactly what you’re looking for,” notes one reader. Plus, the “knowledgeable staff makes it easier on first-time parents-to-be.”
Voters rave about Simple Cloth for its “great selection” and “friendly, helpful” staff. Based in Olympia, this charming, parent-owned brick-&-mortar features a variety of reusable, all-natural cloth diapers, infant carriers, breastfeeding accessories and toys. Don’t live in Olympia? No problem: Their online store offers oodles of hand-selected goods and stylish modern diapers as well.
No matter what age your little one is, you can’t go wrong with Target. A staple for many families locally and nationally, this popular, big-box retailer offers an endless supply of cute brand-name baby clothing, gear and equipment, plus, regular sales with deep discounts to boot. Local voters sing Target’s praises for the overall convenience and great selections.