This post was originally published 29th August 2018. It has been updated to include editorial changes and why we want to open our own baby shop — Luisa Figueroa, 14th January 2020.
I love supporting other Perth baby stores. As a mum, I am a frequent visitor to buy gifts for the endless baby showers and parties we attend. We are also trying to start our own bricks and mortar store which I have gone into further details later in this blog.
In the interim, I have listed my six favourite baby shops in Perth and am pleased that they are stockist of My Little Love Heart products. These are;
MAWS & CO
Situated in the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre, Crawley, this is more of a home, lifestyle and gift store rather than just a baby shop. If you are looking to update your home with some trendy and stylish products before the baby arrives this is the place to go. They are huge supporters of both Perth and Australian designers stocking more than 30 brands.
One of our long-standing stockists is Bebe Boutique located in Cottesloe. Jen who is the owner of this gorgeous boutique baby shop stocks more than 100 different brands. These include products to suit newborns through to 16 years of age for both girls and boys. This is such a beautiful shop in the perfect location so make sure you drop in on the way to the beach!
Which started out online by proprietor Helen Mewburn has now branched out. With the help of Activate Perth, she has a beautiful modern shop located in the heart of the Perth CBD in Brookefield place. In addition to our handmade organic baby washcloth, 29 Lines stocks our burping cloths, baby bibs and bandana dribble bib. They offer a range of Perth and Australian brands including Gingerlilly Sleepwear, Salus Body and Elk the Label.
HUSHkIDS GIFT STORE
One of our newest stockists Hushkids gift store has a retail shop located in Kalamunda. Laraine, the owner has exceptional experience as she is the mother of five children. My husband grew up in Kalamunda and Gooseberry Hill so we love visiting the hills and this boutique shop.
WEST END PHARMACY
West End Pharmacy is a gorgeous little pharmacy located in Hay Street in West Perth that specialises in health, wellness, beauty and gifts. Margaret is the gift buyer who visits expos and shows around Australia to source the best baby gifts on offer and includes items like homewares, candles and baby shower gift ideas.
THE RAW KITCHEN
The Raw Kitchen is a restaurant located in Fremantle that caters for the non-meat eaters. We are proud to be part of the Zero Store that adjoins. Come for the food and stay for the shopping. The Zero store is Australia’s largest plastic-free and zero-waste lifestyle store that stocks a wide variety of products from local producers and makers.
SoSi A Shop For Little People
Finally, we have a special mention for Sosi baby shop. Unfortunately, this store has now closed however it was one of my first wholesalers and now a true friend.
I remember the first day I met Jo from Sosi. It was when I was buying presents for my friends birthday. It soon became my go-to baby shops near me to buy those endless newborn baby gifts.
While there, we had a chat and I mentioned my businesses and how I handmade everything from home. Next thing I know my burping cloths and handmade baby headbands are stocked in one of the coolest baby shops in Perth!
As I brought a lot of presents from Jo’s shop, the supplier/customer relationship quickly turned into a friendship. We got to know each other’s families. Even having my husband drop off the stock and taking my daughter in for visits. Since then she has helped me at many of the PBC Expo’s and a regular at the Perth Upmarket.
It was such a sad day when I learned that SoSi’s baby shop in Perth was closing down. Unfortunately, it seems to be a bit of a trend recently. Some of Australians largest baby stores have closed including Babies R Us, Toys R Us, baby savings and baby bounce.
Owners are moving towards having shops online similar to ours. We find that an online store suits our small business, however, we can’t wait to have a brick and mortar store. This is so people can come in and see the gorgeous designs and feel the quality of the handmade items.
However, for now, we will continue to supply our lovely stockists around Australia and hope to start stocking stores overseas. Although it was extremely sad to see SoSi close we still catch up for a coffee. I might have lost a stockist but gained a true friend.
Starting our own baby store
As mentioned in the introduction, for many years we have been actively looking to set up a bricks and mortar baby shop in Perth. We wanted to showcase our Australian made products and give people the opportunity to watch us make them. There are many reasons for wanting to open a baby store however I have outlined the main benefits below.
Meeting mums and dads
As we have a daughter ourselves we love to meet other parents. As a previous member of mothers groups, I understand how important it is to talk through things and meet other mums. Being a new parent is difficult and sometimes can be lonely so we like the idea of having a shop that people can socialise in.
It is also a great opportunity for them to meet the people behind the brand. We also get the opportunity to meet our customers face to face and their beautiful babies.
Feel the quality and test the products
It’s great to have mums and dads being able to come and feel the quality of the hand made items. To inspect the stitching and see the patterns we use in person. For products like bandana bibs or girls hair accessories, your babies can test them and try them on for size and style.
Expert advice and guidance
As a new parent you are thrust into the world of babies and baby products. It is difficult to know what products are essential and what is nice to have. This is one of the reasons we developed our own baby shopping list to assist. However, sometimes people will need assistance in how to use a product or which item is better. For instance, which bib should you choose? We hope that with a physical baby store people can come in and ask for this advice.
When shopping with an online store you will generally have to wait to receive your purchase. However, with a physical retail shop, you can come and pick up your products straight away. No standing by the letterbox waiting for the elusive postman.
Payment is quick and easy
When shopping with an online store there is a range of online forms required to make your purchase. However, with retail space, there are no filling out lengthy billing and address details to make your payment. Most of the time it is just tap and go. For those that do want to order online, we use a range of secure payment systems including Afterpay.
No need to provide customer details
In this day in age, you should be keeping your data secret, especially for e-commerce websites. We go out of our way to protect your data and payment details. With a physical baby store no need to worry about providing addresses and phone numbers.
No shipping costs
A major benefit to shopping in-store is that there are no additional shipping costs associated with your purchase. On our store, we give people the opportunity to collect from our address in Perth, Australia.
No lost packages or tracking codes
One of the most frustrating things about having an online shop is that on occasions the freight companies lose an order. When you are buying in person you don’t need any tracking codes and no lost packages. You simply walk out with your products ready to use.
Returns are easier
Should you not be satisfied with your purchase or it is faulty in any way it’s easier to return an item to a physical shop. Even though we have an online store at the moment we have a generous refund and returns policy in place.
For our own personal purchases, we try to shop local where we can. The benefits are huge when you shop local. You are supporting small mum and dad businesses and keeping their dreams alive. You’re also helping build a vibrant and social area which can be enjoyed by everyone.
We urge everyone to shop local and support their suburban stores. These businesses are the hub of our communities. Thank you for supporting my dream.
Luisa Figueroa – Designer Profile
Owner, designer and maker of the My Little Love Heart range of baby products. I have been working within the fashion industry for over 15 years and specialising in baby accessories for the last 5. My love of fashion has enabled me to work and study around the world.