2018 Readers' Favorites: Shopping + Services and Birthday Party Resources

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Local Toy Store: Toys and Co. Kid-tested and approved, Toys and Co. has a wide selection of unique toys, hosts special events, offers free gift wrapping and a rewards programs, and several toys are available for playing with on site. Cotswold Shopping Center, toysandco.com.

Place to Buy Shoes for Kids: Footlocker. Athletic footwear in name brands and styles kids crave are available at Footlocker. Whether it’s soccer cleats or the hip new high tops, chances are you’ll find them at Footlocker. footlocker.com.

Place to Get a Child’s Haircut: Snip-its. Vibrant colors, a book and toy corner for playing while you wait, movies streaming and the Snip-its Adventure Club card are some of the reasons young clients love getting their hair cut here. Parents can stay close by in the special “parent chair” while their child gets a haircut, and kids get to cash in the Adventure Club card for a prize on their way out. Birkdale Village, Huntersville; and Park Road Shopping Center, Charlotte. snipits.com.

Birthday Party Resources

Place to Order a Birthday Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes and Suarez Bakery | gigiscupcakesusa.com and suarezbakery.com

Place for a Toddler Birthday: My Gym | mygym.com

Place to Have a Big Kid Birthday: Chuck E. Cheese | chuckecheese.com

Birthday Party Entertainer: Enchanted Elegance/Heroic Ventures | enchanted-elegance.com

For the Pets

Pet Groomer: PetSmart | petsmart.com

Pet Boarding: Camp Bow Wow and Pet Paradise (tie) | campbowwow.com and petparadise.com