Who’s Minding the Store?
We are! Check out Urban Baby Runway
By Marcie Jones
Call it a silver lining of the Great Recession: New boutiques specializing in
baby and kids’ stuff have been popping up all over the Baltimore area—some
offering new stuff, some used, and some consignment. These little shops can be
a great way to find a bargain, avoid the horrors of mall parking lots, and help
support small entrepreneurs, too.
One caveat, though: Smaller boutiques tend to be open at quirky times, so
double-check store hours before you go.
Urban Baby Runway
3608 Falls Rd., Hampden
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and
closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The hipsters of Hampden are famous for their edgy, gothic-rockabilly style.
Now, Urban Baby Runway offers the 36th Street look in baby and kids’ sizes up
to 6T, from baby trucker caps and fedoras down to plaid pants, zebra-print
belts, fluffy tutus, (temporary) tattoos, and slip-on sneakers.
The store also stocks stylish maternity clothes, diaper bags, toys, and
well-chosen books that parents will appreciate, too, a la Counting with
Wayne Thiebaud, by Susan Goldman Rubin (Chronicle Books, 2007), and First
Book of Sushi, by Amy Wilson Sanger
(Tricycle Press, 2001).
Single mom Cara Schrock founded Urban Baby Runway in 2005 as an online clothing
boutique, featuring kids’ apparel and accessories with funky styling from small
“Being a small business myself, I try to offer the same support,” she says,
adding that her new storefront opened in late September, after her son Julian
Urban Baby Runway is conveniently located next door to the boutique Soft and
Cozy Baby and down the street from Red Tree (a home furnishing store that also
features baby goods), making the south end of Falls Road a handy place to shop
for any fashion-forward parents-to-be or stylish youngsters in your life. BC
This is the first installment of a series highlighting new baby and
children’s boutiques in the Baltimore area.
Know of a store you’d like to see featured? Write to Dianne R. McCann, Editor,
© Baltimore’s Child Inc. December 2010