NEW GLASGOW – Kim Anderson is hoping to provide Pictou County parents with some better options for everything from cloth diapers to nursing tops as she prepares to open East Coast Baby Supply in downtown New Glasgow.
Kim Anderson is preparing to open a business in downtown New Glasgow offering cloth diapers, gifts, nursing and maternity items. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
Since 2008, Anderson, who has two daughters, ages 5 and 3, has operated a cloth diaper supply out of her home, but decided that now was the time to expand.
“It was time to move out of the basement,” she said.
The business will hold its grand opening on Oct. 19, but Anderson invites those interested to stop by anytime now as she completes the shelf stocking and puts the finishing touches inside.
The whole focus of her store will be on good quality baby products that people can’t find elsewhere in Pictou County – items you won’t find on department store shelves.
“We felt there was a real need to have something locally,” Anderson said. “It’s a real sin we don’t have many choices. Our goal was to fill that void.”
She says she doesn’t think people should have to travel to Halifax to get “cool baby stuff.”
Already on her stores shelves are top end diaper bags, baby toys and a few unique bottles. She’ll also have various forms of baby carriers. While she knows she can’t compete with the offerings of large maternity clothing outlets located in Halifax, she said she wants to be able to offer pregnant mothers a few maternity tops that they can pick up locally, so they can at least find something different to wear without travelling.
Of course Anderson also has a wide variety of cloth diaper supplies.
She said the cloth diapers are quite popular now. Those who choose to use them like the fact that they’re more environmentally friendly and are chemical free. They’re also cheaper to use than disposable diapers. She said she’s also heard that with the garbage only being picked up every two weeks, some people like the fact that they don’t have dirty diapers sitting in their trash and creating unpleasant odours.
But more than just a store, Anderson is hoping her business can be a bit of a resource centre for parents. Already she is organizing workshops related to cloth diapers and plans to form a bit of a support group for potty training.
While they do want to be a help for those nursing or using cloth diapers, Anderson said she respects the fact that parents make different choices and never wants to put pressure on parents to change what they’re doing.
“We’re pro choice here,” she said. “Mothers have enough people telling them what they should and shouldn’t do for their kids.”
East Coast Baby Supply Co. is located at 255 Jury St., New Glasgow. For more information visit www.eastcoastdiapers.com.
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