Thursday, December 11, 2008

Artist Reception & Toy Drive This Weekend!!

We have a jam packed weekend at The Kids....

On Friday (tomorrow) we will be hosting an artist reception for Eric Cutten's New Works, including sketches and paintings. Some of you may know Eric from the store. If so you know he is an all around pretty awesome guy, besides being crazy talented. Definitely stop in and check out the show if you get a chance. It will be up from Dec.12th - Jan. 10th. Join us Friday from 5pm-9pm for some art, drinks, treats and if you're in the mood shop. Why not give the gift of art this holiday?

Saturday, Dec. 13th come out to the Broadway Holiday Open House. Visit us and our neighbors for some holiday fun. We will all have holiday treats, drinks and of course shopping deals. Shop local and help support our local economy. Get your shopping done at some of the best boutiques that Long Beach has on Broadway!

All weekend long The Kids... and theOutfit will be collecting unwrapped toys for the Long Beach Women's Shelter, helping women with children get a new start.

Bring in an unwrapped toy and get:
10% off any purchase $25.00 or more
20% off any purchase $50.00 or more
(including sale merch. and art)

Hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Long Beach Shopping Event this Friday!!


Well, whether we are ready or not the Holidays are right around the corner. So to help ease the shopping stress and cost we are offering FREE STANDARD SHIPPING on all website orders from now until Dec. 31st (for all the last minute shoppers)!! Check out all the new books and gifts online. As always, if something is sold out online just call us at the store or email us. We may have it in Long Beach or be able to get it for you. We will be updating the website weekly with new items.

Some of the new items in the store this month that are online or soon will be:

New Jewelry by Wendi Grant, Anne A. Design and Kris Nations
Cute Tops by LA Made
Recycled Leather Bags by Ashley Phillips
110 Film Mini Camera Keychains
Cute Critters by Monster & Squirrel
New Egglings and much much more!!

xxoo- The Kids...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day!!

It's November 4th, finally!! Hopefully everyone gets out there and VOTES!!! I'm feeling very anxious today and hopeful. We've had the Nikki McClure "Vote" poster up in the store for months now. I can't believe tomorrow we will be hopefully starting a new chapter in this country's history. Please make sure you vote and if you've voted already, YOU RULE!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Patchwork & Helping Our Economy!

Okay, so if you can't make it to our traveling handmade boutique, don't miss Patchwork (see flyer above). It's in the OC, but worth the drive. Some of our favorite people will be there like All'Aboard Boutique (they used to share our space in Echo Park). They will be there with all the amazing handmade gift items they are known for. Check out their website for a little taste of what they do, Another booth to put on your list is definitely TheOutfit. They carry all handmade baby and kids clothing, gifts, toys and more, designed and created by moms.
So now I'm going to get on my soapbox for a moment. We have the power to help our economy, by shopping local and supporting our independant businesses and designers. I was sent the following interesting info and stats by my best friend today and thought I would share it with anyone interested. Okay, it's a little long, but hopefully you'll read it all the way through. Here it is:
1. You CAN keep dollars in our economyFor every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay inthe community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a nationalchain? Only $43 stays in the community.
2.You CAN embrace what makes us uniqueYou wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S. Sowhy would you want your community to look that way?
3. You CAN create local jobsLocal businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
4. You CAN help the environmentBuying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form ofless fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you knoware safe and well made, because we stand behind them.
5. You CAN nurture your communityWe know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businessesdonate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.
6. You CAN conserve your tax dollarsShopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, lessmaintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also,spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes arereinvested where they belong—right here in your community!
7. You CAN create more choiceWe pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Localbusinesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for ourown individual market.
8.You CAN take advantage of our expertiseYou are our friends and neighbors, and we have a vested interest inknowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not takeadvantage of it?
9. You CAN invest in entrepreneurshipCreativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is foundedupon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.
10.You CAN make us a destinationThe more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we willattract new neighbors, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!
Thanks for reading this and hopefully I'll see you at Patchwork or at The Kids....

Monday, October 20, 2008

Handmade Goods Everywhere

Well whether we like it or not the holidays are approaching. The good news is there are tons of amazing gift ideas that don't involve the mall or mass produced stuff that you buy out of desperation just to get it over with.

The Kids.. are going on the road. We will be bringing lots of our handmade inventory to a 2 day event at 2 locations. This traveling holiday boutique will feature lots of handmade goods by mom owned companies (that includes us, in case you haven't met my fabulous four year old). If you're ready to start your shopping or need some retail therapy during this crazy time stop by and check out the jewelry, baby & kids gear, toys, books, some clothing and unique gifts for the guys and ladies. One of our newest vendors that we will be bringing is "Monster & Squirrel." The cutest felt creatures you've ever seen. Check out our Halloween window with M&S all along the window ledge.
The Handmade Holiday Boutique is this weekend, Friday, Oct. 24th, 10am-2pm and Saturday, Oct. 25th, 7pm-10pm!! Check the flyer for details and locations or call us at the store 562-433-5890. If you can't make it keep checking back, we have a few more events coming up that will definitely help with holiday blues and budget!! Look for one happening just after the election!! That's all we can say right now!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Jinx at The Kids Are Alright

The next art show at The Kids... will feature works by artist Jinx. Her work is whimsically dark and this Mini Series is sooooo cute. We are obsessed with her "Candy Bats". Flying cupcakes, peppermint candies and more. Check out her work at
A portion of our sales during the reception, Sat. Oct. 4th, will be donated to the Museum Of Latin American Art (MOLAA), to help sponsor 7 school to a day at the musuem.
We will also host a "Dia De Los Muertos" Altar, that is part of a contest put on by MOLAA, also to help raise money for the schools. The Altar installation will happen closer to Nov. 1st and be up for a week. We are so excited to be part of this.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Fish Taco Anyone?

The Fish Taco Pins have arrived!! These lovely little creations are by Natasha Tikunoff. We've been waiting for her creations for awhile. I met her back in June at the Long Beach Art Walk and was in awe. I purchased a crochet two-headed ducky for my daughter and knew I had to have her little critters at The Kids... She has also brought us crochet mini cupcakes, soft serve, and betta fish. Everything is on our website, except the betta fish. I was having a hard time with the photos. But they are amazing. Can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Sk8ology in Long Beach, Sat. Aug. 23th!!


I just wanted to let everyone know about a pretty cool art show going on in our neighborhood this weekend. Great art and a great cause. We are very excited, because Steph Calvert, who will be having a show at "The Kids.." next month has donated her art to this event, as well as Melissa Contreras, who had a show at our Echo Park store last year. Also featured is graffiti artist Eyeone, who is in the "Lost" graffiti book that we have at the store. If you happen to live or be in Long Beach this Saturday, don't miss it. Hope to see you there:)

OPENING RECEPTION at the ISM: gallery on Saturday, August 23:
ISM: sk8ology is a fundraising exhibition and auction that combines skateboard counter culture with the world of fine art. Over 150 donating artists, celebrities and skaters mixing mediums in support of ISM: a community project and Now That You Know, two worthy non-profit organizations.
Beginning Saturday, August 23 you will also be able to place your bid in the ONLINE AUCTION:
Please rsvp for our OPENING RECEPTION at the ISM: gallery on Saturday, August 23:

Sk8ology: art on skateboards by a grip of folks including Steve Caballero, Patrick Martinez, Eyeone, Jason Lee, Yoskay Yamamoto, Chris Pastras, Luke Chueh, Audrey Kawasaki, Andy Howell, Slick, Amy Sol, Brisk, Munk One and more.
Reception: Saturday, August 23 / 7-10 PM
ISM:gallery at the Koos Art Center
540 East Broadway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(805) 497-4717

Sunday, August 17, 2008

New Art Coming to The Kids...

We are getting ready to welcome Steph Calvert's new series of watercolors, "Coming Clean", to The Kids Are Alright. This series is inspired by her experiences in Catholic school. Her work will be up from Sept 1-30, and the Opening Reception will be on Sat. Sept. 13th from 4pm-8pm!!
I am so smitten with her work, I can't wait. The Kids... will also be donating 10% of our sales that day to our local preschool, Belmont Heights Church Preschool Scholarship Fund, which helps needy families send their little ones to preschool. Please come out and support a great cause and check out Steph's super cute work. Hopefully we will also have prints of her work as well. Check out her fabulous website,

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My Heroes - Green Diesel!!

My new heroes are the folks at Green Diesel!!

We were so excited last year when we finally got our Mercedes Diesel converted by the fabulous people over at Love Craft. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get anyone to deliver the filtered used oil and have been using clean soybean oil for the past year. Although, we were very happy to be doing our part in not giving our $$ to the mean oil companies and hopefully helping the environment some, we've been paying over $5 a gallon for the clean soy.

Yesterday I finally got the call we've been waiting for. Cole at Green Diesel got us on their delivery route!! Now we're paying $3 a gallon and using recycled oil as well as helping the environment and not putting any extra cash in the gas man's pocket. Woo!! Hoo!!

Check out their website!

Thank you Cole and Green Diesel!! You all rule!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Kids Have An Official Blog!!

I can't believe it!! We finally have a Blog!! We've done a little blogging on myspace and our shopping page, but this is Official!! Hopefully we'll get the hang of this blogging thing!

We are hoping to let everyone know about the cool things we find out there in the world to share with you all.

The lastest with The Kids.... is we are starting our Summer Sale, Sat. Aug. 2nd from 11am-8pm!! TheOutfit will also have selected Handmade Baby/Kids Goods on Sale!! From 4pm-7pm come meet TheOutfit designer Jen Morgan of Jam Baby!!

Come out to Long Beach and check out all the goods!! Great deals and as usual we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a charity. This time around it will be the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!! Come by and support local business, and a great cause!! It's summertime so we'll have cold lemonade and sweets!!
xxoo - The Kids...