Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009! Hello 2010!


Just wanted to wish everyone a safe and fun New Year's Eve! Should you partake a little too much of the New Year's cheer below is a foolproof hangover remedy I found at http://www.middlesisterwines.com/.


8 oz. club soda

5 dashes of bitters

3 dashes tabasco or hot sauce


Good Luck!


May 2010 bring Happiness & Peace into your world!


xxoo-The Kids...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Stuff On the Website!! Finally!

Clock Works Belt Buckle only$40!
Felt Skeletons by Monster & the Squirrel! $20-$30 each!

One of a kind feather hairclips by Tara Tonini. Only $28!

Great unique gifts for anyone on your list! http://www.TheKidsAreAlright-Shop.com
If you're shopping for the kids and or babies check out http://www.theoutfitkids.com! Another one of our favs is http://www.allaboardboutique.com for all kinds of amazing gifts and accessories!
Happy Shopping!



Friday, December 11, 2009

Happy Chanukah

Have a wonderful holiday!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

This Thursday & Friday - XMAS Boutique

Patchwork was amazing. Thanks to all who came out. Rumour is that it was such a success they're bringing it back this Spring.

If you missed us at Patchwork come see us at the Belmont Heights Church Preschool Christmas Boutique this Thursday & Friday! Come get some unique gifts made locally by some extremely talented folks in our community. All the vendors will be donating a portion of this events proceeds to The Women's Shelter of Long Beach. Shop and give back a little.

A big thanks to Angie of theOutfit for putting together this great event. Hope to see you there!




Saturday, November 28, 2009

Patchwork Long Beach - TOMORROW!!


Come see us at Patchwork tomorrow! We'll be bringing Wendi Grant Jewelry, Tara Tonini Accessories, Blue Poppy Jewelry, Peel Clothing and a bunch of other cute gifts and accessories! See ya there!!
xxoo-The Kids...

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Taking It On The Road!


Ok, so we've closed the store front. Now we're taking the show on the road!

This Sunday, November 22nd from 9am-2pm we'll be at the Long Beach Sunday Marketheld at Longfellow Elementary, in the California Heights area.

We will be there with theOutfit Handmade for Kids & We Love LB helping get the word out about the Patchwork Show coming up. We will also have some great gift items for sale! Come out, say Hi, pick up some gifts and get some fresh farmers market goodies for the week.

Longfellow is located at 3800 Olive, but the market will be on the other side of the school off of California Avenue at Bixby Road, Long Beach, CA 90807

Sunday, November (the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend) we will be at the Patchwork Indie Arts & Crafts Festival at Marine Stadium in our lovely city of Long Beach!

We are so excited to not only be a sponsor, but also a vendor. Bring the whole family. Besides over 60 vendors there will also be a kiddie craft table and lots of great eats! Visit us at our booth along with fellow sponsor and former store mate theOutfit Handmade for Kids!

xxoo-The Kids...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Posh Little Holiday Gift Guide


Super cute website http://www.poshlittle.com/ has included us in their "Holiday Gift Guide!" We're sooo excited to be included on their website. This site has a great online community with amazing shopping, info and all things for the mamas & babies.


Check out the link below for their Gift Guide and our featured item. The sweet little "nest" pendant by Chocolate & Steel! We're also including "free gift wrap" with purchase.




Get some holiday shopping done early!

Thanks Posh Little!

xxoo

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Countdown Is On!

We're definitely getting close to our last day! So come on in and get some early holiday shopping done. Almost all the clothing is on SALE and shoes are only $25! Lines like Peel, Porridge, LA Made, Mixie and more are marked down. 15% to 75% Off! Don't miss out! Our last day on Broadway will be Nov. 14th!
xxoo-The Kids...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Kids Are Alright Moving Online!


After 6 1/2 years we are closing our brick & mortar and moving online! We have been fortunate enough to do what we love and share it with you in Echo Park & Long Beach.

We're not leaving, just downsizing a little. You can still visit us at TheKidsAreAlright-shop.com for all your jewelry, clothing & gift needs and wants. The online store will still have a great selection of unique and independant lines. We will also be adding an Art section and offer great pieces from some of our favorite local artists.

With change comes growth and The Kids... are definitely growing.
Thank you to all our friends, customers, family and designers who have been a part of this journey so far.

xxoo-
The Kids Are Alright

p.s. Of course we're having a HUGE SALE, so come in before Nov. 15th!

Coming up look for "The Kids..." as a sponsor at Patchwork Craft Fair in Long Beach. Patchwork is coming to Long Beach for the 1st time on Sunday November 29th. Mark your calendars. Come by & check out all the amazing handmade goods, many of which we already carry! Check out their Patchwork Site for more details.

Be sure to check our BLOG regularly for new stuff going on & coming in and join us on Facebook.See ya Online! TheKidsAreAlright-Shop.com

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

DIY Workshops in Long Beach

We've taken a break from the workshops lately, but if you are feeling crafty our friend Kim Kessler is having "DIY Workshops" every Thursday at The Artisan's Lair right here in lovely Long Beach. Kim has led quite a few workshops at "The Kids..." Just to name a few, the Apron Workshop, Leather Cuff and Make a Tote using Your Fav Tee.

She will be at The Artisan's Lair every Thursday from 5pm-8pm leading "Make & Take" workshops and giving sewing lessons. With the holidays coming up this is the time to get crafty & make some great gifts. I hear the cost for most workshops is only $25.

The Artisan's Lair
404 Termino
Long Beach
562-856-7578
style@kimkessler.com

Call or email them for more info. Definitely worth the drive if you're not local!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hello Kitty!

We're so excited about Hello Kitty coming to Royal T in Culver City. This is going to be amazing. The show opens today, but tomorrow they're having a day full of festivities. Check the link down below for times and activities going on. One of our favorite artists, Melissa Contreras has contributed a piece to this show. I have a feeling it's going to be packed, after all Hello Kitty is making an appearance as well. It's HELLO KITTY!

http://www.sanrio.com/threeapples/events

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Halloween Photobooth this Saturday!


This Saturday
October 17th
at
The Kids Are Alright
from
12pm-6pm
HALLOWEEN PHOTOBOOTH
courtesy of
Zoom Theory Photography!



Everyone Is Welcome! Kids, Friends, Family, Pets,
we mean Everyone! $25 for a portrait session or
get a free 5 X 7 portrait with any $25 store purchase! Schedule an appointment or just stop by! Come in costume or not & get some great pix done!

Get 20% off selected merch. during event from
us & theOutfit - Handmade for Kids!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Artist Reception & Jewelry Trunk Show This Saturday!


This Saturday we are excited to welcome back Lisa Faye Dawson & her new mixed media series "The Seattle Project". We just hung her work yesterday & let me tell ya, it's amazing. There are at least 3 pieces I'm obsessed with. The last show we had with Lisa practically sold out. Don't miss this one.

Also joining us is jewelry designer Leisa Johnson with her latest collection "Soul to Silver". Unique, one of a kind pieces created in sterling silver, copper and semi-precious stones. Each custom organic design is handmade and uniquely fabricated. I just got a sneak peak today. Her collection is beautiful and powerful.

So come on by Saturday from 5pm-8pm. Art, jewelry, wine & 20% off selected items in the store!



Thursday, September 17, 2009

New LA Line - anoushka the label!!!

Just in, our newest find, Los Angeles based line, anoushka the label! Come in & check it out or visit our website - TheKidsAreAlright-shop

Super cute styles and great price points. I want every piece!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Big Labor Day Weekend SALE!

This Weekend Only! Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday!

BIG LABOR DAY WEEKEND SALE!

25% Off almost everything in the store
including SALE!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

New Jewelry by Chocolate & Steel



Just received new jewelry by Chocolate & Steel. Beatiful necklaces in sterling silver all handmade by designer Christine Street. Prices $40-$60.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Mixie SALE & Hydra Heart Trunk Show This Saturday


Join us this Saturday for our weekend only MIXIE SALE!
We are excited to host a Sale of past season pieces by
So. Cal. line MIXIE, at unbelievable prices!
Mixie's collection of dresses, tops and skirts in super soft knits & woven cottons in solids & vintage prints are amazing! Don't miss this sale!
Our store mate theOutfit will be hosting a
Trunk Show with local designer Molly Puzo of Hydra Heart showcasing her full collection of handmade footwear for women and girls.
Special discounts and exclusive styles will be offered.
Also joining our Saturday festivities will be DDR Projects & the Ice Cream Man. If you haven't heard of the Ice Cream Man, he gives away FREE ICE CREAM! That's right FREE ICE CREAM!
So bring the kids, shop, get some free ice cream and spend a fun afternoon on Broadway!
xxoo-The Kids...

Friday, August 14, 2009

New Stuff at The Kids...















Beatiful embroidered canvas handbags from India. Cute dresses from Mink Pink & Tara Tonini. Lovely feather clips by Tara as well.
Come on in!
xxoo-The Kids...






Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Craft Kitchen Closing :( & 3/50 Project

This is a sad post about another small independent store closing. The Craft Kitchen in Santa Ana opened a year ago by Nicole of Random Nicole, who is also one of the founders of the Patchwork Festival. They will be closing shop next month. The Craft Kitchen was the go to place for unique handmade gifts, clothing and art. They also hosted craft classes including everything from screen printing to knitting. We are so sad to see her go, but it's not too late to stop in and get the goods while they're still there. Below is the closing info. Please stop in if you can.

It's a tough economy, but if we all try to get the things we need from our independent neighborhood retailers we keep $$ in our communities. Check out the 3/50 Project, a simple way to really do something to help get our economy and communities get back on track.

http://www.the350project.net/home.html

the craft kitchen is hitting the road...it's been a year since we set up shop in santa ana i've decided to pack my bags and take RANDOM NICOLE & THE CRAFT KITCHEN on the road...so if you've been meaning to stop in or take a class NOW IS YOUR CHANCE...we'll still be teaching classes at the shop through aug 15th so register now!online registration www.thecraftkitchen.comstarting september 1st RANDOM NICOLE & THE CRAFT KITCHEN will be teaching classes at various locations throughout Californiaif you're interested in hosting a class at you place let us know...FAREWELL PARTY CLOSING NIGHT & LAST CHANCE SALESATURDAY AUGUST 22ND 6-10PM2202 1/2 NORTH MAIN STREETSANTA ANA, CA 92706get down here before it's too late FOR DRINKS, SNACKS AND AMAZING DEALS!!!50% off all random nicole art30% off all random nicole clothing & accessories25% off all art by other other artists20% off the entire storeIF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT AUG 22ND- DON'T WORRY THE SALE STARTS NOW AND ENDS AUG 22ND

Thursday, July 23, 2009

What's happening at The Kids...


It's been awhile since I've posted anything. Time flies. Well we just had our DIY Leather Cuff workshop last night. It was so much fun. I even made sangria for the first time. A little crafting, a little sangria on a summer night. Kim guided us and we all left with really cute leather cuffs. I'm wearing mine right now. Of course I forgot to take pictures (maybe too much sangria). I think Kim got some, so I'll post them soon. If you missed out last night unfortunately we are taking a break on the workshops in August.

Hopefully by September I'll be able to post a full schedule of workshop for Fall 09. We may be bringing some back from spring. All the workshops will have a focus on great gift ideas for the holidays. This holiday is going to be pretty rough for lots of us, so why not start making some cute unique gifts this fall.

This weekend Broadway is having a Sizzlin' Summer Block Party. Lots of our neighbors will have refreshments & great shopping deals. The Kids... will have lemonade and cookies plus great deals.

20% off sales $75 or more of Full Price Merch.
Sale merchandise will be 30%-75% off
$20-$50 Rack
Saturday & Sunday Only!
Also don't forget to check out theOutfit:Handmade for Kids.

Hope to see you this weekend! ;)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Taxes going up again!?!!?!!

July 1st, tomorrow, California sales tax is going up AGAIN! =P Kick us when we down Arnold! Didn't it just go up? Well starting tomorrow, the sales tax in CA will be 9.75%. So we've decided to help ease the pain by having a BIGGER SALE!

15% Off All Full Price Clothing, Jewelry & Accessories
10% Off All Merchandise Already On SALE

Stop by and see what we have. Have a safe & happy 4th!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Knitting for Beginners Workshop & SALE!

"Knitting for Beginners" Workshop with

Carin Utt
This Thursday, June 25th
6:30pm - 9pm
Make & take home a potholder/hotpad!
Fee - $30
Materials - $10
(or call/email us for a list of materials needed)


We've also just started our SUMMER SALE! Get an additional 10% off all sale merchandise. Some things are as low as 75% OFF!
Clothing, Jewelry, Shoes & more!
Happy Summer!


xxoo-The Kids Are Alright
(562)433-5890


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Barbie is coming!!


Barbie is coming to Broadway! Yes, that's right. Barbie will be making an appearance on Broadway this Sunday, June 14th. I personally am excited to see what Barbie looks like in 2009. So if you're needing something to do this Sunday come on down and check out Barbie, meet some of the designers of Barbie at Spa Sidney and maybe get a Barbie makeover while you're there. We will be hosting a "Design Your Glamour Headband" workshop for $10, all materials included. Kreme de la Kreme will have Barbie manis & pedis. Next door to us, DDR Projects will have a group artist Barbie exhibit(can't wait to see that). Oh, and did I mention we will have pink drinks and pink cupcakes, by Pastry Chef Vanessa Alvino. Should be a good time.

xxoo-the kids...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Art Workshop tomorrow, June 3rd

This Wed., June 3rd is the Art Workshop with LisaFaye Dawson. That's tomorrow from 6pm-9pm.
Make your own "one-of-a-kind" original art on canvas using unique papers and paint. The art workshop will be taught by local Long Beach artist Lisa Dawson, who specializes in mixed media art. At the end of the evening you will have your own artworkto take home & admire!

Be sure to bring $25.00, a pair of scissors & your creativity!
Art, Wine, some Shopping?
We just received new jewelry from Jene de Spain. Super cute and affordable necklaces just in time for summer. There will be in-store specials during the workshop, so don't miss out.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Workshop News!



Sorry to report the "Painted Wine Glasses" workshop has been cancelled on May 28th, but hopefully we'll be able to reschedule with Steph Calvert on that one.




Coming up on Wed. June 3rd artist Lisafaye Dawson will be leading an art workshop. She will be teaching us how she creates her wonderful pieces (her mixed media pieces are on display at the store right now), using handmade paper, decoupage, paint and great imagination. All materials will be provided to create your own piece of art, just bring scissors and creativity! Materials and fee is only $25! See the really bad picture I took of a sample piece.


Call the store or come in to prepay for this workshop to reserve your spot, since we have limited space. Wed, June 3rd from 6pm-9pm. (562)433-5890


We are also very excited to announce that we will be part of the "Barbie on Broadway" Party that Spa Sidney is hosting on Sunday, June 14th from 1pm-5pm. Celebration of Barbie's 5oth Anniversary! Meet the Barbie Designers, Manis and Pedis by Kreme de la Kreme, Barbie Art Exibit by DDR Projects and more! "The Kids..." will be leading a "Glamour Barbie Headband" workshop for this event. Oh and lots of treats from EJ Malloy's, Olives and Lashers. Should be a fun and glamorous time. All ages welcome.


Spa Sidney is located at 3519 E. Broadway. For more info call them at (562)433-9665.


Coming soon will be Knitting and Felt Accessories workshops.



Monday, May 4, 2009

Jewelry Trunk Show this Thursday!


We are excited to host another trunk show for Anne A. Designs this Thursday! She will be introducing her new line, "Jeans Collection". This collection features beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings in sterling silver accented with delicately placed gems. One of my favorite pieces is the peace bracelet (pictured).

If you're still in search of that perfect Mother's Day (May 1oth) gift please join us this Thursday from 6pm-9pm. As usual we'll provide the wine, treats and great shopping.
We'd also like to thank everyone who came out on Saturday for Lisafaye Dawson's art show and the Bel Kai trunk show. Lisafaye's show is almost half sold out. If you didn't make it please stop in and check out what's left. She also does commission pieces and she's awesome. I have my choice narrowed down to two pieces. Hopefully I can make a decision before those pieces are gone as well.
Hope to see you Thursday!


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Artist Reception this Saturday, May 2nd!


We are hosting a reception for local artist Lisafaye Dawson, this Saturday, May 2nd, from 5pm-8pm! Her mixed media pieces are amazing and surprisingly affordable. I have my eye on a few of her pieces. Her work will be up for the next month, so if you can't make it Saturday be sure to stop by and check out her work. Times are tough, but investing in art is always a good thing.
The Outfit will also be hosting a trunk show for Bel Kai Jewelry that same day. Beautiful designs by Whitney Hill. The Outfit will have all their handmade kids for 30% Off, and The Kids... will have selected items at 25% Off, including some of our new Spring stuff.
Join us Saturday for some Art, Jewelry, Wine & Treats. Don't forget Mother's Day is Sun, May 10th! Hope to see you there.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Busted By Bio-diesel But Still Trying

We hope everyone took time out on Wed. to celebrate Earth Day. At "The Kids..." we had 2 great workshops this month and we want to thank all those who came out. A special thanks to Kim Kessler and Steph Calvert for leading our workshops. Hopefully we can all continue doing little or big things to reuse, reduce and recycle.
A few things that my household has committed to:

No more plastic sandwich bags, only reusable storage containers.

No juice boxes, only reusable water bottles.

We purchased a Brita water filter, (the water bottles in the recycling container were getting out of control).

Replacing all the light bulbs with energy efficient lighting.

I'm working on remembering to bring my canvas bags to the market. Although I do reuse all the paper bags for recycling. Definitely no plastic.

Check out http://www.storyofstuff.com/. It's a 20 minute animation of the consumerist society, narrated by Anne Leonard. We could all use a little reminder about how all our consumerism effects our environment directly.

Now on a sad note my Mercedes 300E that was converted to run on veggie oil about 2 years ago has been converted back to just run on diesel. Unfortunately the conversion that we did has slowly over the past few years ruined our fuel system. We haven't completely figured out if it has to do with the year of our car (1998) or if it is that we don't know enough about the effects the veggie oil has on a diesel engine. Not to discourage anyone from getting their diesel engine converted, but definitely do a lot of research before you do. We haven't given up on the idea, but we are taking some time to figure it all out. We'll keep you posted.

xxoo-The Kids...

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Celebrating Earth Day All Month Long!


Ok so Earth Day is Wed. April 22nd! There is so much we want to do to celebrate we're going to have 2 work shops, a trunk show and 10% off all sales the 1st 2 weeks of April.

The 10% discount really has to do with the crazy tax increase that goes into effect April 1st. If you haven't heard sales tax is increasing to 9.25%! Crazy, right?! Well we figured why not give our customers 10% off April 1-15th, to help ease the pain.

That brings us to the 1st "Make & Take Workshop" in April. "Turn Your Old Tee Into A Cute Tote!" On Thurs., April 9th from 6pm-9pm, join us for this event. Kim Kessler had so much fun doing the Apron Workshop she came up with one more!
Do you have a favorite T-shirt-preferably used with maybe a stain or a tear that you just can’t throw away, but you can’t wear it either? Well that is your blank canvas for this workshop. You can cut it, sew it, twist it, and turn it. You can deconstruct it, you can reconstruct it. Recycle it, resuscitate it, refashion it, and re-invent it.
It is the perfect place to start, and Kim Kessler can help you create that perfect bag. It will be something unique (and cheap) and your old Tee will continue to be with you to fulfill many new adventures.
Cost $25. If you don't bring in a tee we will provide one for an additional $5.
Perfect workshop for all ages and requires minimum sewing. See the cute tote below!

Workshop #2 is on Earth Day, Wed. April 22nd from 5pm-9pm! "Decorate a Flowerpot and Plant Something"! This workshop will be led by amazing artist, Steph Calvert of Hearts & Laserbeams! She will provide the flowerpot, all the materials to decorate/paint your flowerpot and seedlings to plant something beautiful later. This is a great gift idea for Mother's Day coming up on May 10th! Materials and fee is just $15! All ages welcome! See 1st picture of sample flowerpots.

We will also be hosting a trunkshow for Hearts & Laserbeams new line of goodies featuring her "Underwater Critters" that same evening. Her new line features everything from blank recipe cards, pocket mirrors, coasters, notecards and more. Great gift ideas at awesome prices!

Hope to see you at one or all off our events next month! Happy Earth Month!


Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring is here!



Lots of new stuff going on at "The Kids..." for Spring! New merch. from Raasta, Good Society, and amazing one of a kind jewelry by Anna Herrington. Raasta is one of our fav lines from Spain and we just received our 1 shpmt (see cute dress above). Good Society does organic cotton denim and also donates a portion of all profits to charities in India and Cambodia. We just got the Raw Denim Slim Leg in. Cute jeans and helping our world community, what more could you ask for. Anna Herrington designs one of a kind necklaces by combining vintage pieces, creating timeless jewelry for all occasions (check out the amazing piece above.)

We are also excited about being feature in the May issue of "Lucky" magazine, under "lucky breaks". Look for it, come in, get something new and keep some extra $$ in your pocket.

Come in right now and get 20% off all denim, including denim already on sale. Now thru March 31st!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lots of Aprons!







Thanks to everyone who attended our apron workshop and especially to Kim. We had a very skilled 6 year old who made a skull apron. Check out some pix above. There were some who couldn't make it to the workshop, so if anyone out there is still interested come sign up at the store. If enough people sign up Kim will reschedule the apron workshop.
We should have a schedule for future workshops up in the next week.
xxoo - The Kids...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Apron Workshop March 5th!!


We've finally set a date for our next workshop. Mark your calendar to join us on Thursday March 5th, for our "Retro Apron" workshop. Designer Kim Kessler will be leading this one from 6pm-9pm. She will bring a variety of very cute fabric and trim options to construct this sassy little apron. For just $25 take home an awesome apron for yourself or the baker in your life and the pattern to make more if you're so inspired.

Don't miss this one! Make something, drinks, cupcakes and in store specials!

Thursday, March 5th, 6pm-9pm!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!


Valentine's Day is just a few days away! We have the cutest cards by La Familia Green and Hearts & Laserbeams that are perfect for the special person or peeps in your world. Also come in and check out all the cute felt critters that Monster and the Squirrel made just in time for Valentines!
Happy Valentine's Day - XXOOXXOO


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Feathers, Feathers, Feathers!







Thanks to everyone who braved the wet roads to attend our 1st workshop last Thurs. We thought for sure the rain would keep everyone away, but to our surprise we had a great turnout!! A big thanks to Wendi for showing us how to make some awesome feather hair accessories. I made a rainbow feather headband for 4 year old. Now she wants to glue feathers to all her hair clips. Check out the pix of some of the cute things we made.
If you missed this one the next workshop will be in March (date to be announced). We will be making very cute aprons with Kim Kessler. Check back later this week for details and the date.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Our 1st Workshop, Thurs. Feb. 5th!!


Check out our 1st workshop with amazing jewelry designer, Wendi Grant, next Thursday Feb. 5th from 6pm-9pm! She will be leading a "Make & Take" Feather Accessory Workshop. Fee including materials is only $25! Come make something beautiful for yourself or a friend. These lovely feather pieces are the perfect Valentine's Day accessory. I definitely need 1 maybe 2!We will also have 20% Off selected Clothing and Jewelry! Spring is already trickling in so all of Fall/Winter will be on Sale.
TheOufit will also be hosting a Mini Beauty Bar with Christy Funk from Belly Sprout and 15% off all regular priced items.
These events are part of the "Sip & Shop on Broadway" so lots of our neighbors will be staying open later. It's a great excuse to come out and explore what else is on Broadway and maybe do a little Valentine's Day shopping. Wine, cupcakes, make something pretty, beauty, shopping and more! What else do you need?
See you next Thursday!! xoxoxoxo

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hello Deer!


This little deer came to "The Kids..." just before Christmas. We love the little deer, made with love out of melted down crayons. She came with her friends, the Skate and Abe (as in Abe Lincoln). And yes, you can write with her, but who would want to use her up. These little treasures are created by Tamara Zielinski of the Long Beach Craft Mafia. Rumour is that Tamara is working on more amazing crayon creations. We'll keep you posted!


We are also very excited to announce our first in-store workshop with jewelry designer Wendi Grant. She will be joining us on Thurs., Feb. 5th from 6pm-9pm for our "Sip & Shop on Broadway". She'll bring all necessary items to create very cute feather hair accessories for a fee of $25 (including all materials). Make and take home a beautiful head band or clip. Just in time to accessorize your Valentine's Day outfit. Of course the wine and treats will be flowing as well.

Hope to see you there.


Monday, January 12, 2009

Handmade Childrens Clothing and Toys May Be Outlawed Soon!



Starting Feb. 10th it will be against the law to sell any childrens clothing, toys and goods not tested according to a law passed in August 2008. This will really affect all the small businesses and companies (like us) making and selling handmade goods. Most of us can't afford to pay for the testing required, which could cost thousands of dollars. If found guilty of selling untested goods we face fines and possibly jail time as retailers and manufacturers. Please read the links below for more info regarding this.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/01/handmade-toys-clothing-threatened-extinction-under-consumer-product-safety-improvement-act.php




If you want to join us in trying to stop this craziness from going forward please write to your local Congress person and or Senator. The 2nd link can get you to your local politician and I believe they have sample letters you can use.


If the CPSIA goes forward as planned this will definitely change what we carry at "The Kids Are Alright". It could also mean the end for theOutfit which has specialized in finding amazing unique, safe and just all around cute handmade goods for kids and babies over the past year. Please help us in stopping this from going through. We have until January 30, 2009 to submit letters and contact our politician regarding this matter. The last thing our economy needs is for more people to lose their jobs and or businesses.


HELP SAVE HANDMADE!!



Friday, January 2, 2009

HAPPY 2009!!!



2008 is over! It has been quite a year for us here at The Kids...! We are definitely ready for a new year!
In 2008 we sadly had to close our Echo Park store with every intention to reopen before 2008 ended, but unfortunately that was not in the stars for us. Hopefully 2009/2010 will bring us a new location in LA.
We did get to host lots of fun events, including art shows, and trunk shows at our Long Beach location. We look forward to doing more community events and workshops in 2009.
2008 also brought theOutfit to The Kids Are Alright. Thanks to Angie and theOutfit we now have an amazing handmade kids & baby store in our store. Look for lots of new goods and events with theOutfit as well in 2009!
Stay tuned, 2009 is going to be awesome!! Remember shop and support your local businesses as much as you can!
Thank you to everyone that has supported and encouraged us to keep going! We wouldn't be here without you!

xxooxxooxxooxxooxxooxxooxxoo