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Lesley Otter, left and Cher Breton show off some of the items that have arrived at the Bubble Tree Baby Boutique in Stellarton so far. The boutique, which will sell new and used maternity and used children’s clothing on consignment, will open on Oct. 1.
STELLARTON – A new business will soon open its doors on Foord Street in Stellarton.
Bubble Tree Baby Boutique will officially open on Oct. 1 in the MacLean’s Business Centre next to East Coast Pawn Stars. The signage should be up next week.
Business partners Lesley Otter and Cher Breton hope to fill a void in the Pictou County market with their baby, toddler and maternity consignment shop.
“We will offer an inventory that features gently used maternity and children’s clothing, new and reasonably priced maternity clothing,” said Otter. “The boutique will also feature gently used baby toys and baby gear such as high chairs, exersaucers and strollers.”
The pair got the idea for a baby boutique when Breton, originally from Saskatchewan was visiting her husband’s family here in Pictou County.
“I was pregnant at the time with my first child while visiting and suddenly realized I had no maternity clothes,” Breton recalled. “I thought to myself that if I ever move here, I’d open a maternity shop.”
Now that she’s made the move, Breton and Otter are making good on that thought with their business partnership.
“We believe that this area is in need of a shop like this,” said Otter. “As consumers and moms of young children we know the expense of having a baby can be overwhelming.”
They aim to offer Pictou County a place where young parents and grand parents can come and find affordable baby gear and clothing.
They’re firm believers that because the wear times of baby items are so high, it’s unreasonable to buy these items new and pay retail prices.
“We also want to offer our community a place where you can take your unwanted and outgrown items and make some extra money,” said Otter. “It is a win-win for everyone, including the environment.”
Though the store is still being set up, Breton said there would be an area devoted to items supplied by local crafters, such as crocheted hats, mittens and paintings.
A kid’s play area will also be set up with toys and a TV so shoppers can focus on the task at hand.
They’ve already started collecting items from people in the community to put on consignment in their shop when it opens Oct. 1, though they’re always looking for more.
Even before opening, the pair is already looking for ways to give back to the community.
“Raising money for the IWK Children’s Hospital and the Pictou County SPCA is a major goal of Bubble Tree Baby Boutique,” said Otter. “If people want to give clothing or items as a donation the percentage that would normally go to them, will go to charity of the customer’s choosing.”
They’ve even discussed the possibility of evening classes for parents on topics related to caring and raising children.
With a little over a month to go, they’re feeling excited and nervous for the new business venture.
“We’re happy to set up shop here in Pictou County where I grew up,” said Otter. “We’ve met a lot of great people so far and can’t wait to meet more.”
To make a donation or for consignment details, Breton and Otter can be reached at 301-4856 and 331-0211, respectively.The boutique’s email is email@example.com and Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/BubbleTreeBabyBoutique.