With countless stores at every mall around town, it’s hard to know which is best to buy from for your kids and family. However, there are a few local gems hiding in the cracks and corners of Indy. Maybe this list will make picking places to shop a little easier.
Simply Sweet Shoppe: Enjoy a variety of candies, chocolate, coffee, ice cream, and whatever else can satisfy your kid’s (and your own) sweet tooth. Located in downtown Carmel. (317) 818-9866, www.simplysweetshoppe.com
The Next Step: No need to worry about your budget when shopping at this upscale, brand-name children’s and maternity consignment and resale store. (317) 257-5192, www.thenextstepshop.blogspot.com
Mass Ave Toys: Check out a local favorite that will be sure to bring a smile to your child’s face, but be careful. You may never want to leave. (317) 955-TOYS, www.massavetoys.com
Little Green Bean Boutique: Peruse this children’s boutique featuring nearly new children’s apparel, accessories, furnishings, toys, & books, maternity fashions, and locally hand crafted items for the whole family. (317) 426-4232,www.littlegreenbeanboutique.com
Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore: This Indianapolis-based independent bookstore specializes in children’s books, games, puzzles, and creative-play toys. (317) 255-2598, or find them on Facebook.
Toasty Baby: If you’re looking to avoid disposable diapers, be sure to check out this only dedicated cloth diaper store in the Indianapolis area. (317) 863-0402,
Nurture: This shop offers a wide selection of organic, eco-friendly, and locally made clothing, gifts, and accessories for the little ones. (317) 423-1234,www.nurtureonline.com
Bebe Gate: A stroll through Broad Ripple Village will take you to this shop filled with well-crafted, well-designed, and well-cared for clothing through size 7. (317) 255-2323, www.bebegateindy.com
Jack & Jill Children’s Shoppe: Have your child prepared for any occasion, no matter how casual or dressy. Be sure to check out one of the three Indiana locations. (765) 654-4660, www.jandjchild.com