Jill Henderson's dream is one many a working mom can appreciate: To run her own business in order to have the flexibility to spend more time with her family. I'm always dubious when moms think opening a store is going to enhance their quality of life, but Henderson, who has years of retail/merchandising experience, seems to be setting boundaries right out of the gate. Poppy Togs and Clogs, in the former Peapods space at Snelling and St. Clair, is open just Thursday-Sunday. She tells other moms why, and hopes they'll understand. Now she just needs to make those four days a week count.
Poppy is stocked with baby and toddler apparel as well as colorful clothes for moms from pattern-happy brands like Desigual. Find print cotton dresses, statement coats, jewelry and clogs in every color. Beyond gift-friendly baby goods like sock monkey pajamas and St. Paul shirts, Poppy targets practical moms with a rack of "recycled" kids clothes she's collected (items are not being accepted for resale at this time). The store is a work in progress--something any mother can appreciate. 251 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, 612-236-3660