2015 Readers' Favorites: Shopping + Services
Favorite Place to Shop for Children's Consignment Clothes
Kid to Kid
Kids grow fast, so fast that clothes sometimes are barely used. That's where this affordable shop comes into play. Parents can shop for anything from baby to big kids clothes, plus Halloween costumes, shoes, toys and baby items. Bring in your items to consign for a discount on purchases or cash. Multiple locations. kidtokid.com.
Favorite Children's Shoe Store
Whether your child is in the crib-and-crawl stage or the off-and-running stage, this shoe store is a favorite for its one-stop shop convenience. Multiple locations.
Favorite Family Photographer
Families love Abbe for her incredible specialty: natural light photography. She extends her work from baby and newborn photography to important life events. abbemccrackenphotography.com.
Favorite Local Toy Store
Toys and Co.
From a floor-to-ceiling selection of Playmobile sets, to tether ball, stuffed animals, bath toys, trucks and cranes, Toys and Co. has the coolest selection of toys. The store also is packed with funky gadgets and classic toys and board games. If it's a gift, they will wrap it for free on the spot. Cotswold Shopping Center, 242 S Sharon Amity Road. toysandco.com.
Favorite Place toﾠ Buy Sporting Gear
Dick's Sporting Goods
When your child chooses the sport that's going to stick, this is the place to find the gear you need. You'll find that spending a little extra to make sure they're equipped with the best of the best is worth the investment. Find top-notch equipment, clothing, shoes and more. Multiple locations. dickssportinggoods.com.
Favorite Place to Get a Child's Haircut
The adventure begins as kids enter the salon to virtually meet and interact with Snips and the Gang (quirky cartoon-style hair tools) before the real magic happens. Trained stylists cut hair while children are entertained with the adventure play stations and cartoons. Don't forget to pick a lollipop and slide your adventure card in the slot machine to win a prize. Multiple locations. snipits.com.
Got What it Cakes
You know you're in good hands when TV anchor Katie Couric flies out a cake made by Got What it Cakes owner Mandie Miller to be featured on the "Today" show. Let her whip up a delicious cake for your next birthday party, baby shower or holiday celebration. 219 Main St., Pineville. gotwhatitcakes.com.
Favorite Birthday Party Entertainer
Enchanted Elegance party entertainers strive to make every child feel like they're the most special person in the world on their special day. Which princess is your tot currently a fan of? Good news. They're all on standby. enchanted-elegance.com.