Less than a year after opening near Selby and Snelling in St Paul, Teeny Bee is ready to be a little less teeny, and is hoping its fans will help Kickstart an expansion. Teeny Bee is trying to crowd fund construction of a Community Room in its unfinished basement, and is asking for a modest $5,000. (March 26 is the deadline to contribute.) As a small business owner, Kristie Case says every little bit helps, but also, she wants the parents who are already making the boutique a regular part of their week to feel invested in the project.
"I didn't expect so many people to hang out at the store," says Case, who brings her 1-year-old Faye to work every day. But her free classes and playgroups quickly caught on. In a larger Community Room, Case says Teeny Bee would offer music, art, baby yoga, play groups, and sessions with experts. And for now, she intends to make those free, too. It creates a steady stream of traffic for the store, which sells baby clothes and gifts. It's an eclectic assortment of whimsical and modern apparel, toys, books, and more from national and local lines, including some fun discoveries. I fell hard for Zipit baby wear—all zippers, no buttons makes the tops and rompers practical, with adorably mod styling. I'm also charmed by Minnesota-based yb urban soaps and lotions. The Lego inspired "building block" soap comes in several sweet scents and sells for $2.50 a bar.