Wild Child specializes in extensive stroller and car seat knowledge. If you're unsure of which stroller is right for you, this is the place to come for the best advice in town. In addition, we sell a wide selection of fahionable and trendy kids clothing from infant sizes to age 8.
Shopping has never been more interesting than it is at Shake the Tree. This unique boutique features a little bit of this and a lot of that, from beautifully scented candles and rich hand lotions to a collection of perfume from various designers. Hand-milled soaps and silk scarves stand out for their uniqueness, while wool hats, locally-made jewelry, contemporary dresses and leather wallets and handbags are also available, each set perfectly on a beautiful display inside the sunny shop. Gift ideas include Sriracha cookbooks for home chefs, leather totes for the modern fashionista and even stuffed animals for youngsters. Shake the Tree also hosts monthly cocktail parties featuring some of the designers, with food from area North End restaurants.
Owner, operator, and local artist Marie Corcoran fills Gifted with a bevy of jewelry, pottery, and handbags that she has collected from local craftspeople or made herself. Baby onesies and bibs cover young ones with adorable designs, and her ever-popular collection of handblown glass pieces bedeck walls and mantelpieces with delicate baubles. An ample inventory of thoughtful guy gifts equips gentlemen with watches, ties, and cufflinks tinged with a retro art-deco design and colorful flair. Dog portraits decorate walls with the loyal grin of a black lab or the deeply philosophic gaze of a golden retriever. In addition to her shop, Marie Corcoran helps needy children and families across the world through mission and charity work.
By combining thorough education services with modern technology, Babbel's interactive learning tools help students speak a second language by connecting with potential friends and business contacts across the globe. Babbel offers programs for 11 languages, including French, Brazilian Portuguese, Swedish, German, and Spanish, with integrated speech-recognition tools and review managers that adjust exercises according to each learner's progress. The online lessons can be accessed from home computers. Babbel's Web-based software also connects users to an online community of learners and native speakers who offer assistance by chatting with users, commenting on writing exercises, and posting obituaries for dead languages.
Gently Loved Baby buys and resells gently used wearables, playthings, and nursery accouterments, helping families conserve space, money, and the environment. Rather than toting a Charlie Chaplin marionette to celebrity ice-cream tastings, parents can bring real-live sons in pint-sized tuxedos ($35–$40, sizes 1–8). A little girl will flutter with delight when a fairy throw pillow sprinkles across a Laura Ashley quilt, pillowcase, and twin sheets ($35 for set). The shop’s stable of Razor scooters ($12–$35) encourages tykes to play outside, and its corral of rocking horses ($15–$40) helps families gallop indoors without rousing the spirit of their polar-bear rug.