What was born in Gahanna 14 years ago, offers colorful and cute apparel for kids and tweens, is often associated with happy events and hosts an occasional bunny?
Belles & Beaux Children’s Boutique/Avery Lane Tweens is a Gahanna treasure, tucked into Stoneridge Plaza Shopping Center. It is the “oldest” children’s boutique of its kind in Central Ohio, specializing in high quality, unique apparel and gifts for newborns, children and tweens. Not only does the shop have a loyal following of Columbus area customers, but it draws visitors beyond Ohio. Frequently named “Best Children’s Store” by publications including Columbus Parent—Belles & Beaux has received many raving online reviews by customers.
The inspiration for the shop came to owner Kathleen Gibbons at a social event. “I was attending a baby shower in New Albany and someone commented that we really needed a nice children’s boutique in our area,” she said. She conducted some research, put her business plan into action and opened the shop within a matter of months. “It’s a happy place. No one ever comes in because they are angry. They come in because they are looking for something for a happy occasion … birthdays, first communions, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Easter or some kind of celebration,” she adds.
Recently, the store has undergone some exciting changes. Longtime customer Pamela Romanoff joined Gibbons in ownership of the shop, bringing a fresh perspective. New interior renovations include wood floors, bright paint and décor. The shop has expanded its offerings for tweens to include clothing for girls (up to size 16), as well as perfume, jewelry, nail art, gift sets and women’s accessories.
“Many people think we are just a babies’ clothing store. We wanted to expand our inventory for tweens because we have a very loyal following—and we wanted to be able to be able to ‘grow’ along with our customers and their kids. There is no other tween specialty shop in Columbus,” Gibbons said. “We offer clothing and items that people won’t find at any department stores. Our gift items start at just $4 and nothing is overly expensive. We focus on personalized service—with options including gift wrapping and even delivery.”
“Gahanna has been a good location for us,” Gibbons said. “We considered moving to another area, but we didn’t want to leave our Gahanna customers.”
Belles and Beaux holds special events like the upcoming “Pictures with Live Bunnies” this Saturday (3/29) from 10 am-4pm and next Sunday (4/6) from 1-4 pm. To learn more, check out Belles and Beaux on Facebook or visit the shop 10 am-6 pm M-F; 10 am-5 pm Sat. or by appointment.
Belles and Beaux Children’s Boutique 1249 N Hamilton Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230 614/473-2000
~Post by Mary Szymkowiak, Communications & Sales Manager, Gahanna OH Convention & Visitors Bureau