Whether you’re feathering the nest for your first, second or fifth hatchling, the thrill of splurging for a new little bundle never seems to get old (if you don’t believe us, just ask grandma). But where do you land the choice gear that reflects the uniqueness of your adorable nestling as well as our own sense of style and personality? From drive-worthy boutiques to shops just around the block, flip through the gallery to discover our favorite stores for everything baby. Go forth and spoil away!

Charlie Barnes

If you find your way over to the Gig Harbor area, be sure to wander by this baby boutique located near the marina and pick out the perfect gift for that upcoming baby shower you just got invited to. Store owner Michelle Barnes has carefully curated a selection of duds and gear that will meet the needs of a new or expectant mom's wish list, especially when it comes to the basic, everyday essentials. You'll find popular brands like UPPAbaby and Aden+Anais intermixed with locally made clothing and eco-friendly items from Green Toys, Kickee Pants and bumGenius. Almost everything at Charlie Barnes is meant for the under two set and their simple selection makes it easy to purchase the perfect item without making your head spin with too many choices.

Bonus: Be sure to take advantage of the petite play area hidden in the back of the store. It will keep your busy bees occupied while you browse.

Charlie Barnes
3006 Judson St., Ste. 102
Gig Harbor, Wa 98332
253-509-0449
Online: charliebarneskids.com

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Closed Sundays

photo: Rachael Brandon

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— Rachael Brandon