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You Know it When You See it….

We have many adorable babies come through our door at Caline’s. It is one of the best perks of the job. As I say to all the new parents “There is nothing like a new baby”! We also get to see all the latest and greatest baby paraphernalia. I can still remember the day a woman came strolling in carrying a carseat covered with an Aden + Anais muslin swaddling blanket. I tried to take a peek at the sleeping baby in the seat by lifting the blanket- she was happily napping away. Instantly I realized I was holding something special in my hand. The blanket was so soft and incredibly lightweight. The new Mom couldn’t have said enough about its uses- swaddling, shade, nursing, and comfort. I was sold immediately.

Aden +Anais has become one of our best lines. We carry so many of their products. Moms love their bibs, sleeping bags, and especially their remarkable blankets. When someone walks into our store and asks for help with a shower gift, we always tell them about Aden + Anais. It’s our #1 baby gift! Great companies like Aden + Anais continue to innovate, and I’m excited to see what they come up with next!

Join us this Thursday, June 26th, 11-1. Aden + Anais will be here with their whole line!  You’ll be able to see all that they have to offer. We’ll also have a great Aden + Anais giveaway, treats, crafts for the kids, and a “pick-your-%-off” bowl! We hope to see you!

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Dress Your Children Well!

Shopping for clothes with your children can be an opportunity to help them learn to make choices and speak up for themselves. At Caline’s, we enjoy nothing more than a child who comes in and wants help picking out an outfit. We encourage them to speak their minds, telling us honestly and respectfully how they really feel about our offerings. It can be an early lesson to teach them that it is ok to tell an adult they would like something different, or that something is just not right for them. So often kids feel uncomfortable saying what they really feel to a new adult.

We like to think at Caline’s, that early on, kids can learn to speak their minds and get an honest respectful reply from an adult.  Helping them to pick out what they would really like and feel comfortable in can be very satisfying. It is our goal to have every young shopper walk out the door feeling good about their choices and about their interaction with us!

The Caline Ladies

Our first Caline for Kids blog entry! This is so exciting for us to start blogging! We would like to introduce the “Caline Ladies”.

Let’s start with Wendy…. Wendy has owned the store for eight years now, with Caline’s being in business for over 40 years! Wendy and her husband Scott also own Ghelfi’s Candies, which is in Falmouth and Mashpee. Let’s just say we have a lot of goodies to snack on during work! Wendy has 2 children, Durham and Hannah.  The favorite Ghelfi family member is Sadie, the mini poodle that many of our customers have seen sitting in the window checking out the Main Street shoppers. The most exciting thing for Wendy, at the store, is opening the boxes to start off a new season.  Unpacking all the cute spring fashions has been particularly rewarding after this winter. While Wendy loves all the lines she picks up for the store, some of her current favorites are Tooby Doo, Coccoli, Nano, and Pinc for the older girls.

Next is our Caline for Kids “veteran”, Mary, known as the “Red Sox lady” to most customers. Mary has been at Caline’s since before Wendy bought the store. Mary has many great-grandkids that she constantly shops for- 3 boys, 1 girl, and 1 more girl on the way this Summer! Half of our Caline Kid picture wall is of these adorable kids wearing everything Mary buys them! Mary loves to buy Le Top, Sarah Louise, Catamini, and Deux par Deux. Her favorite part of working here is seeing the joy of the little girls that come in and twirl around in their new outfits. The combination of style and quality of our merchandise is very well known. Mary adds that Caline’s is a happy place to be, and that there’s no charge to look 🙂

Jane has worked in the Children’s Wholesale business before joining the team at Caline’s over 7 years ago. She has 12 grandchildren (wow!) ranging from 4 to 18 years. Obvioulsy, some have outgrown fashions from the store, but for the 5 younger children she loves to buy and they love to recieve the the latest styles from Caline’s! Her favorite for the younger girls is Tea, Pink Chicken, and Deux par Deux, and for the older girls she loves Ragdoll and Rockets and Pinc. For the boys it’s usually Charlie Rocket and Wes and Willy.

Danielle has been at Caline’s for 6 years now, and she loves every minute of it! She has 3 children with her husband Henry. Madeline 9, Oliver 5, and Tucker 14 months. Her kids probably take up the other half of the Caline Kids picture wall, lol. Madeline is in size 10 now and some of her favorites are Mimi and Maggie, Limeapple, Ragdoll and Rockets, Tooby Doo, and Pinc. Size 14 and the “end of Caline’s” for her is coming too quickly! Oliver wears size 5/6 and he loves Wes and Willy, Charlie Rocket, Appaman, and Tea. He loves his Sperry “boat” shoes. Danielle could go on and on with brands that she loves! She’s been buying size 18-24 months for Tucker this summer. Rompers are still her favorite… Sweet Tots, Kickee Pants, and Kissy Kissy make great ones! Tucker looks great in his See Kai Run Shoes- too cute! Danielle is happy to say that his most special “blanky” is from Caline’s, and it’s of course Aden and Anais.

Janet is our newest addition to Caline’s. She’s been here for over a year but has shopped here for many years! She has 6 grandchildren that she loves to spoil with things from our store. There are 5 boys and 1 “girly girl”. Janet loves Pink Chicken, Mimi and Maggie, and Ragdoll and Rockets for her 6 year old granddaughter. For the boys, aged 3-9, any brand that has shark shirts is great! Appaman, Wes and Willy, Luigi, and Hatley are perfect for them.

Caline’s has been very fortunate to have three fabulous, very capable, young women working at the store over the last few years. Lily P. is a senior at Falmouth Academy, heading off to Fordham University this year.  Kayla is a senior at Falmouth High School and will be attending Dickinson College.  Lily H. is a junior at Falmouth High School and is curretnly immersed in the college search.  All three have been invaluable at the shop helping customers and merchandising the sales floor.  They work the store with a poise well beyond their years.

Most of all, the team at Caline’s has fun while they are working. We have the best customers, with the most adorable Caline kids!