Clothing is one of humankind's most precious natural resources, acting as protective faux-skin against the advances of disease-carrying mosquitoes and telemarketers. Bestow the armour of fabric upon younglings with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of boutique children's clothing from Bean Sprout in Mount Pleasant Village.
Bean Sprout cultivates the clothes-getting of kinderkind with a colourful inventory featuring boutique items from more than 70 fashion brands for newborns to 16-year-olds. Dress your daughter for her inevitable Picasso phase with Blü attire such as a sunshine-yellow polka-dot dress ($29.99) and leggings ($19.99), or prepare your son for his role as Miranda in an authentic 17th-century staging of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a Deux par Deux pale-pink jersey dress ($47.99). More dude-duds are available in the form of T-shirts ($26.99) and quick-dry plaid shorts ($37.99) from Point Zero. Bean Sprout also sells jewellery, handmade purses, music boxes, toys, and numerous other items for kids' consumption.
Founded in 1995 by Trish Haddad, Bean Sprout was named one of the best baby stores in Toronto by blogTO in 2009. With clean, white shelving and rows of expressive apparel, stepping into the charming shop is like entering a massive walk-in closet. Peruse the all-new attire and accessories that have Toronto's tots, tykes, tweens, and teens buzzing about something other than rational exponent equations, and you can even apply your Groupon toward in-store sale prices to stock up on post-season finds.
- Previously a resale store for children’s clothing, Bean Sprout re-opened in 2006 selling only new stuff and now carries a number of designers, including Hatley rainwear, Malibu swimwear, and babylegs. The store is child-friendly, providing toys and a spot for mom to nurse the baby. They also have a more generous return policy than most independent stores – 7 days for refund, 14 for credit or exchange. – Alexandra Devlin, blogTO