Kimberly Rossignol and Laurie Nicholson are opening their doors this week at Raising Astoria yet remain cool as cucumbers. These cheerful first time entrepreneurs and mamas have decided to grace Astoria with a much needed resource. We had an opportunity to get a sneak peak at Astoria’s new and only baby and maternity consignment boutique.
Laurie and Kimberly believe in community building and involvement when it comes to making Raising Astoria a resource for Astoria parents. Laurie remembers looking for a place to be around people as a new mother and having nowhere to go, no affordable classes, and no baby clothing in the area. She and Kimberly had a stroke of genius and now, working in their baby carriers, they have made it a reality. Here is a little about what they offer:
Consignment and Used Items
Raising Astoria sells second hand clothing and gear from newborn to 3T. They also have carriers, strollers, swaddles, jumpers, and toys, nothing really going over a $20-$40 price point for gear.
New Maternity, Baby, and Toys
New maternity clothing from Japanese Weekend and Belissimo will be sold as well as some great baby designers like Magnificent Baby and Zutano. Toys from Hape, Sevi, Trudi, and more can be bought for the FIRST time in Queens!
Having affordable community resources and classes is a big goal of Raising Astoria so starting in mid March 2012 they will be holding a wonderful array of the most affordable classes in town! In the line up will be art classes for toddlers, preschool alternative, dance party Fridays, and music programs. Class prices start at $8 Click here for more details.
In keeping with building their strong community for local mothers, open play sessions will also be taking place when classes are not! Price TBD.
Finally we needed to know one more thing…”Why Astoria? and on 23rd Ave no less?”
“Queens is where it’s at!” said Laurie.
A girl after our own hearts!
26-11 23rd Ave, Astoria NY 11105 – 718 440 9444 – www.raisingastoria.com