MATTOON — The Little Love Maternity & Baby store has moved into the Cross County Mall and is gearing up for its first Christmas shopping season there.
Owner Hannah Brundridge of Mattoon said she tripled the size of her retail space by moving from the downtown storefront, where the boutique opened in summer 2021, to the former Christopher & Banks of the mall. She said mall owner Rural King contacted her about available space.
“Everything kind of lined up perfectly for us to move in here,” Brundridge said. “We’ve just been able to expand so much more on what we’re capable of doing.”
Brundridge said it has expanded and expanded its product line for toddlers in preemie-6T sizes and for extra-small-3X maternity wear. Its product lines include Angel Dear baby clothes, Itzy Ritzy baby backpacks and accessories, Kyte Baby pajamas and sleeping bags, Melissa & Doug wooden puzzles, and Penguin Random House books.
This expansion helped achieve Brundridge’s goal of making the store a place where pregnant women and new mothers can get clothes and supplies they need that might not be readily available elsewhere.
Additionally, Brundridge said the store offers its own screen-printed clothing lines through Wishard’s Fit to a Tee of Mattoon. These items include tops with the Little Love logo and with Christmas sayings, such as “Coffee, credit cards and Christmas cheer”.
“It was really nice to tell everyone that these are unique designs and you can only get them here,” Brundridge said.
As part of the larger showcase, Brundridge also hired for positions that had previously just been filled by her and her mother. These new hires include sales associate Mel Bullock of Mattoon.
” It was really fun. You meet all the cute little babies that come in and get to know the customers and what they like,” Bullock said, adding that she had worked at the mall in the past and was happy to be back. at Christmas. “You can see people on the go and help them choose gifts.”
Brundridge said she decorated her retail space and ordered additional merchandise for the Christmas season and expected the store to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The shop is regularly open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
More information is available on the Little Love Baby Maternity & Baby Boutique page on Facebook or on littlelovematernity.com/.
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