It used to be that, if you wanted to find chic, European-style clothes, toys, and decor for kids, you'd have to shop online and have it shipped overseas (or, of course, actually go to Europe yourself). But lately, we're noticing a handful of incredible kids' boutiques popping up throughout the country that offer the European brands we love, mixed with stylish, American-made selections.
Our current favorite is Little, a new shop in Portland, Maine, that not only sells a perfectly curated collection of clothing, toys, & decor, but is also one of the most beautifully-designed children's shops we've come across in the Northeast. (And trust us, we've shopped 'em all.) The owner of Little, Angela Foddrill, was kind enough to chat with us about her wonderful store and provide us with some truly drool-worthy photos of its gorgeous interior.
WHEN DID LITTLE OPEN? March 27, 2015
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS? I own a women's boutique, Bliss, in addition to Little. Bliss is located in Portland, Maine as well as in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN LITTLE? My son! Before and after he was born I had a really hard time shopping for him and wished I could find all of the brands I liked in one store. So, I decided to open my own store!
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST PART OF BEING A SHOP/SMALL BUSINESS OWNER? I love having the creative freedom to design my stores the way that I want them and to really be able to pick and choose which brands I want to carry.
WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT WHEN THEY VISIT LITTLE? Hopefully the feeling of joy! We've tried so hard to make sure that the store is filled with fun + unique pieces — allowing for customers to feel happy when they come in.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ITEMS/BRANDS THAT YOU CARRY? MINI-RODINI! THE PIECES ARE INCREDIBLY HIGH-QUALITY AND THE DESIGNS ARE BOLD + EXCITING. TEA COLLECTION IS ALSO A FAVORITE! TEA COLLECTION OFFERS EASY-To-WEAR STYLES THAT ARE ALL MADE TO MIX AND MATCH WITH EACH OTHER -- ESSENTIAL WHEN YOU'RE A MOM AND CONSTANTLY ON THE GO!
HOW HAS THE COMMUNITY RESPONDED TO YOUR SHOP? WITH OVERWHELMING POSITIVITY! I CAN'T BELIVE HOW BUSY WE'VE BEEN RIGHT FROM THE START. IT'S BEEN A TRULY EXCITING ENDEAVOR AND I'M THRILLED OUR COMMUNITY SEEMS TO LOVE LITTLE AS MUCH AS I DO.
Thank you so much, Angela, and congratulations on your beautiful shop!
If you find yourself in Portland, Maine, be sure to stop by Little. Or you can always shop their fantastic website from wherever you are...