Editor’s note: This story is part of the Eat, Play, Live special section.
Talk about having a favorite store and some people might be thinking about glam shoes or designer clothes.
For Centre County moms in the know, the hottest shop has those. It also has bikes, toys, books and gear for kids of all ages.
This is Kid to Kid at Hills Plaza on South Atherton Street in State College.
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A franchise, yes, but not a cookie-cutter enterprise. The shop is full of not just its own flair but the personality of all of its patrons.
On the surface, it seems simple. They sell kid stuff, everything from cribs to race car beds and onesies to slouchy tween jeans. But most of that merchandise has been used for another kid before.
It is both retail and recycling. Kids outgrow everything at an alarming pace. A secondhand designer jacket that still has the original tags because mom bought it in September and before the weather was cool enough in November, it was too small? It happens.
They outgrow toys the same way. Shelves are filled with steals on Christmas must-haves that were abandoned before Easter, just waiting for a little love and attention.
And when was the last time a kid really wanted to go some place that saved you money? The child-friendly store is set up for family shopping, with its kids-only mini-door and walled-off play area where parents can let them entertain themselves while the grown-ups scout the bargains. The tricky part? Getting them back out of the store.
The kids, not the parents. Well, maybe both.