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Five years ago today. Bittersweet.

 

I got this picture this morning when I went to my Facebook newsfeed. It was a memories picture from five years ago today. Talk about flood of emotions.

Before moving to SoCo we had a small space, not in the best plaza, but it was what we could afford to lease. It's where we did our first year as a brick and mortar, after years of being online. When we outgrew this location, I sought hard for our next move.

I chose SoCo Collection because I believed in the vision of what was planned for the plaza. Stores, mostly small businesses, where you'll see the owners working at their stores and a variety of boutiques and restaurants. It took a few years for this vision to be realized, but today, SoCo Collection is absolutely all of this. SoCo Collection was a first of its kind here in Orange County. It was the inspiration for the many other plazas that opened with the same vision. It paved the way and we were part of this. Granola Babies was at the time the only boutique in the entire courtyard. I believed in what it would be and am proud of what it's become.

But, having a store and a family has it's challenges. I was (and am) a working parent, also (at that time) trying to homeschool three kids ages 7, 4 and 2. I didn't get to see them as often as I wanted to, since I worked full time at the same time. Like all full time working parents, I lament the times I missed (and still miss) getting to be with my children more.

On top of that, five years ago, my fourth was a vision as well. I wanted so badly another baby and had several miscarriages before I finally carried through his pregnancy. The community of Granola Babies and SoCo Collection was so supportive when one of the miscarriages devastated and broke me. And this same community, celebrated with me when my fourth was born. And as a baby of a shop owner, he came to work with me, a worn baby, for a long time.

As inspiration for other shops as well, we've seen businesses open and sadly also close. We've reinvented ourselves each year, to meet the needs of our customers and we've made changes that shocked some and pleased most. I thank my family and my customers for the fact that Granola Babies is open and striving.

Where will we be FIVE years from today? Honestly, I don't know. As small business owner, I take it one year at a time. I love our shop, I love our community and I love our team and the commitment we make to make our customers happy. And we plan to do so as long as we can.

I can't believe it's truly been five years from this picture. Feels so long ago...so many changes, so many wonderful things and some not so wonderful things. But isn't this how life is. Yet the future is bright and whatever it brings, we'll meet it and embrace it. Thank you for the last five years.

 

 

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Introducing our new Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Susan Dauer!

 

We're honored to introduce our new Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Susan. Susan Dauer is a licensed Registered Nurse and a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in Orange County, who is currently working at a local hospital and also operates her own home-visit private lactation consultant business, as well as private appointments at Granola Babies Annex.

As a registered nurse with 14 years of experience she has the needed assessment skills to detect a potential problem, and has the experience of teaching new parents the latest information on infant care.  Her goal is to assist women transition into their roles as new mothers.  She is here to guide and support you and help you reach your individual breastfeeding goals whether that is 3 months, 6 months or a year and beyond!  

As a mother of two healthy, beautiful girls, her experiences with breastfeeding challenges and joys of her own daughters is what inspired her to be a lactation consultant.  Her mission is to provide the extra support and resources needed so you can meet your breastfeeding goals, but more importantly: Enjoy your breastfeeding relationship in the most fulfilling way possible!

Susan is available for appointments (starting in September) during on weekdays and weekends between 9:30 am - 5 pm. To make an appointment, please visit our Breastfeeding Consultant with IBCLC page.

 

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And the remodeling is....done!

 

It's done! What a fabulous feeling to be done. And I know I'm a little biased, but I think it looks BEAUTIFUL.

So, what exactly did we do?

Our community room was removed entirely (we're now hosting classes in our Annex offsite). By removing the community room from within the boutique, we were able to add additional space and products to our reusable feeding section and about 50% more boutique space overall.

The newly remodeled Granola Babies has been open for a week. Customers are loving how much easier it is to shop at the boutique and the many new products we've been able to add. Thank you for all that have come in this week to shop!

Now that we have more space, we can finally add the other cool and unique goodies we've been eyeing. It's going to be GREAT time at Granola Babies Children's Boutique.

We're also working on some events such as trunk shows with our local brands and craft times with toddlers and preschoolers. And more events that we're keeping secret for now too!

Come by and visit! And in the meantime, here's a look at the newly remodeled Granola Babies.

 

Granola Babies Boutique

 

 

Granola Babies Boutique

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Renovation.

 

It's on! Granola Babies is under renovation. BIG TIME. Today the wall of the community room came down and we're smack in the middle of construction. I had originally thought it would be done in a day, but as it usually goes with renovations, it's going to take longer.

Instead of opening on Tuesday July 19th, we'll be opening on Wednesday July 20th at 10am.

Crossing our fingers that is!

We'll be working hard Tuesday, as we continue renovating the store and making it look fabulous. There are sooooo many new products as well that we'll be featuring on Wednesday and ofcourse a treat for our shoppers this week.

Looking forward to showing you our new shopping space!

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We're getting an Annex!

 

 

At Granola Babies, we're about to have a BIG change! We're moving our Community Room to an Annex.

If you've been to Granola Babies lately, you'll notice how crowded our boutique is getting with new toys and gifts. We need more room. :)

In addition to needing more space at the boutique, we also needed a community space that is more private and quiet for our classes, such as our childbirth education, CPR and New Mommy Group Series. And since some of these classes are often sold out due to lack of space, we also needed a slightly larger space to accommodate for the needs of our community. The new Annex provides our community with a more private space, while also giving us more room for these much needed classes.

Our Annex is conveniently located just 2 blocks from SoCo Collection, home to award-winning restaurants and boutiques, including Granola Babies Children's Boutique. The Annex is larger than our current community room and has a comfortable style with sofas, pillows, floor seating and soothing colors and design.  

In this new and more private community room, we'll host our variety of classes including:

  • New Mommy Group Series
  • Infant and Toddler CPR Class
  • Introduction to Infant Solids
  • Toddler Feeding Workshop
  • Childbirth Education
  • Prenatal Breastfeeding Class
  • Gentle Discipline Workshop
  • Children's Health and Welllness
  • Weekly Breastfeeding Group
  • Daddy Playgroup
  • Baby Art
  • and more!

At the boutique, we'll continue to host Baby Tales & Songs on Wednesdays, as well as the scheduled weekend Stortyimes.

When is it all happening?

On Monday, July 18th, Granola Babies will be closed to remodel the boutique. We'll re-open the boutique on Tuesday, July 19th at 12pm.

Our new Annex will open Wednesday, August 10th for it's first gathering, which is our Wednesday Breastfeeding Group. Please check calendar of events for more classes happening at the Annex in August.

It's an exciting time for Granola Babies! We're looking forward to showing you the new changes this coming week. And to host you at our new Annex in August.

 

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Giselle Baturay is a mother, herbalist, aromatherapist, prenatal and postpartum educator, boutique owner, community builder, gatherer of dreams, task juggler and a lover of life.



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