by Gabe Meline
The last thing a new parent wants is to be is overwhelmed. You think staying up all night and dealing with crying for hours is calming? You are either a Zen master, or don’t have a kid. That’s why, once, I stood in the aisles of some huge impersonal store full of baby stuff, unable to find anything I needed, unable to find any help, and walked out and drove straight to Wee Three Children’s Store. Finally, a simple, manageable shop with plenty of kids’ clothes and shoes and toys, with an inventory that wasn’t cookie-cutter but instead hand-selected by someone who obviously knows kids. There was even a used section, which, if I were President, every children’s store would be required to have. With the help of the person behind the counter, I found a perfect little pair of shoes that instantly attracted compliments. In short (no pun intended), a good little place that I wound up telling all my fellow parents about—and they, with bleary eyes and slurred speech, thanked me. 1007 West College Ave., Santa Rosa, 707.525.9333.
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