I’m gearing up for my 3 year celebrations and that finds me revisiting goals and envisioning the future.
But most of all I’m thankful. Many of you know I started this business out of my home with an online store in February of 2012. I’ve had a new website in the building stage for a couple of years now, but am still not ready to launch. Partly because I still love my website design and partly because my in-store business is so busy I keep forgetting. Ha! I’ve been so blessed over the past few years getting to serve the community as well as getting to know your families. Thank you! And a big thank you to my staff: Mackenzie and Renae – I wouldn’t be able to function without you! And to my family too - I love you!
So what are my goals for the future? As much as I love my little shop in Glenbrook Centre I’m starting to outgrow it. Shelves are bursting and sometimes I sit here at the checkout counter and I feel like everything is creeping in on me! However, where to go? How much will I need to increase sales, hours, and staffing depending on my move. And of course moving costs money! But that’s the first thing on my mind for my fourth year in business.
I’m always looking for new products, especially locally-made, to offer in my shop. I like unique one-of-a-kind items too. I’ve had to drop a few of my favorites because they are in the big box stores.
I’d love to offer new classes and workshops too! Any instructors or ideas for classes are welcome!
There are several special events planned to celebrate my three years in business. Check out the events calendar for dates and times! Friday Oct 23rd is our VIP night for all our Bonus Card Members and Saturday, Oct. 24th is our daytime celebration. We also have some fun holiday activities planned for Small Business Saturday on November 28th.
I hope to see you all there! ~Kristen
I was approached by a Gazette reporter a couple of weeks ago regarding doulas and what we do. I am thrilled to show you the article she put together and am excited to educate more of the Cedar Rapids area about doulas! The article is here!
I’ve been watching the online craze for a particular brand of carrier for the last year or so. As a business owner who likes to stock what my customers want, I did look into them as a brand to carry at Baby Time. But after hearing story after story from other retailers and the fiascos stocking caused I decided to not pursue it further.
Now, I get how things cycle and new items/products get super popular and a year or so later are yesterday’s dirty diapers. But you know what sticks around?
Good customer service.
These are the manufacturers I want to have in my store. Who honor warranties, who don’t intentionally understock to create a frenzy, who give local shout outs to their retailers, who send out promotional items for my annual events and best of all, I know they have my back.
Why would I give a company part of my inventory budget and my time to promote their product if it was lower quality and/or more expensive than when I currently offer? And if they intentionally sell over their retailers heads or don’t support them? No thank you.
I’ll just sit back and watch this craze from here.
Now, if you decide to order these items online, that’s fine for you. But know the power of your dollar. If you hate that these items don’t even stay in stock for you to buy them, that you pay more used than what they are worth new because of the print frenzy – don’t buy them. Don’t buy into that mentality. Put your money towards companies who do whatever they can to help you and make you happy. Better yet – you can do a double favor by buying local.
Locally, not only do I employ two lovely Cedar Rapids ladies, but I pay business taxes and have local consigners in my shop. I pay rent to a local company for my location, I buy lunch at local shops when I forget to pack mine. I support American and North American made companies whenever I can. Your dollar stays here.
Another plus to buying local?
- I have the customer service to help you out with whatever you purchase.
- Buy a carrier at Baby Time and come in for free fittings whenever you need help.
- Questioning your wash routine for your diapers? I’m just a phone call or text message away or stop in and we can trouble shoot.
- Looking for like-minded moms – we have classes and events to help build your tribe.
This is a community we are building through Baby Time. You dollar speaks to that. I will continue to stock quality products, as much USA-made as possible and provide a resources to the community. But the only way I can do that is if you shop here. Thank you for your business!
I wish I could tell you I was going to an amazing destination - warm, sunny, beach, sand, fruity umbrella laden drink. But instead I’m staying home this year enjoying a little extra time with my kids.
We will be closed Tuesday 3/24-Wednesday 3/25.
Hours are back to normal on Thursday 3/26.
Don’t forget our Red Tent Girls’ Night IN event on Friday 3/27 7pm-10pm. Bring a snack to share and crafty items to work on. Or just stop in with a bottle of wine to chit chat! It’s up to you! Tables will be provided to spread out your crafts to get a couple hours of work in. Non-mobile nurslings are welcome, but bigger kids need to stay home. Hope to see you!
Let’s talk winter weather – Please check here and on the Facebook for late openings or closings. If I do close, remember I am available to open by appointment a different day/time. Thanks for understanding and stay warm and safe out there!
Come join us for late night shopping and free cocoa and cookies! Wrapping station will be set up too!
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
More event details HERE
* Usborne Books * Young Living Essential Oils *
* Kolbi Crochets * It Works! *
How do you win?
By shopping and helping others!
- Each time you stop into Baby Time
- Every purchase
- Bring in a donation for Families Helping Families: Diapers (open packages ok), cloth diapers, wipes,formula, blankets, clothes for sizes Newborn-Teen.
Winner will be drawn on
Tuesday, December 23rd.
Are you ready for all the deals? Here they are:
Small Business Saturday Sales
FREE canvas shopping tote for the first 25 customers
FREE Imagine Baby Leggings for your $50 purchase
FREE Sweet Pea wetbag for your $100 purchase
FREE Clam Jam Band book with any $25+ Thirsties purchase
Aura Cacia – 20% off
Little Twig – 20% off
Ecokids – 20% off
Preserve food storage – 20% off
Green Toys – 20% off
Lilliputiens – $14 each
Sarah’s Silks – 20% off
Jellystone Jewelry – 20% off
GroVia – 15% off
Best Bottoms – 15% off
Action Baby Carriers – 10% off
Boba – 10% off
HABA toys – 10% off
Farm Buddies – 10% off
Tots Bots – 10% off
Healing Amber – 10% off
Healing Hazelamber – 10% off
It’s time! The holidays are approaching. Not only can you support Baby Time, but you can also visit other local businesses in a one-stop shop! I hope to see you this week at Baby Time.
Thursday, November 20th 7:30-9:30pm
The Daly Creek Winery & Bistro
Jamberry Nails with Patricia Dawn Clark
Pampered Chef with Lisa Klostermann
Usborne Books with Ruth Schroeder
31 Gifts with Jorie
Young Living Essential Oils with Elyce Lagerquist-Taylor
Perfectly Posh with Leila
Origami Owl with Kristen Mead
Saturday, November 22, 2014 11am-4pm
+EAB Gallery and Gifts – Hand paintings, crochet items, and Homemade gifts
+B’s Bounty – Homemade Jams
+Drool Babies – baby carrier suck pads, taggie blankets, embroidered onsies, bibs, and burp cloths. Sewn by Shay of Drool Babies and embroidered by Janets Custom Embroidery.
+Sashay crochet scarves. Made by two young ladies. Proceeds will be donated to a charity (TBD)
+raisingroman – moccasins, diaper covers, scarves, stuffed toys, tutus, skirts, and more!
+Cedar Valley Homeschool Co-Op – Fair trade items and home-made gifts
Baby Time’s Awesome Consigners:
Always Lavender Thyme, Lavender Farm
Blessed Baby Design
Fruit of the Womb Diapers
Osm Children’s Capes
Peppers Potty Pants
So Bow Designs
Check out the newsletter with the class information.
Don’t get our Newsletter? Well, be sure to sign up on that link too! That way you don’t miss any of the announcements or sales. Speaking of Sales, if you’re a veteran, bring your Military ID with you this week for a special discount on your purchases. Only good through Saturday 11/15/14 and for all service members and their immediate family. I grew up as an Air Force brat and know the sacrifices we all made during peace and wartime. THANK YOU for your service!