Self-billed as a "funky little boutique for bellies, babies, and kiddos," Urban Belly's 6th Street retail space teems with fashion and gifts ideal for professional carpet crawlers and working mommies-to-be. Urban's staff lines the shelves with baby gifts such as nursing covers, diaper bags, and towel sets. For moms, the staff curates apparel that includes a lower-priced value-line of clothing. They also adorn hangers with an array of designer brands such as Oilian, Lilac Maternity, and Citizens of Humanity—which devotes a portion of its profits to various charities ranging from youth programs to stuffed-animal witness-protection programs.
Me ‘n Mommy To Be owner Nettie Byerly understands little ones sprout in what seems like no time at all, so she eases the swift passage of time and inevitable outgrowing of clothes and toys with a stock of new and gently used items. Maternity wear outfits quickly growing bellies, and a vast selection of kids’ clothing for infants to teens—including designer brands such as Gap Kids, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Hollister Co.—covers fast-growing limbs. A rotating variety of toys are on hand to entertain youngsters as they move from a fascination with dinosaurs to an interest in tracking the fruit-snack futures market. In addition to toys for purchase, an in-store playroom packed with whimsical diversions occupies little ones as parents shop. Me ‘n Mommy To Be also rents strollers, cribs, car seats, and other child-friendly contraptions, letting parents test-drive different brands before making a purchase and helping grandparents prepare for energy-filled visits.
The artists that handcraft Bella Joli’s jewelry trust only the finest components to bring their designs to life: freshwater pearls, 14-karat gold, and precious stones, to name a few. Though most pieces skew toward classic styles, each necklace or bracelet is completely unique. So whether you don a necklace of layered golden chains, each frosted with white stones and pearls, or a funky silver bracelet studded with blue gems, you won’t spot anyone else wearing it. And the same goes for purses and scarves, cocktail napkins and tea towels, and glassware and serving platters.