As a former store manager for Teddy Bearskins for the past 17 years, Robin Silva knows that parents and their children want to look stylish and put-together without breaking the bank. Last winter, when the owners of Teddy Bearskins decided not to renew their Barrington store lease, Silva knew she should jump at the opportunity and take over the space. “I’d come to love the environment and always dreamed of my own store,” says Silva. Plus, she knew there was still a need for a children’s shop in the area.
Silva opened Piccolo, which means “small child” in Italian, in the spring of 2017 with the latest clothing, gifts, toys, and accessories for children from birth to age 16. The racks and shelves are stocked with classic and on-trend items – plaid button-down shirts, sparkly long-sleeve tops, graphic T-shirts, knit sweaters, puffer coats, and hair accessories in every color of the rainbow as well as shoes, dress wear, and sleepwear at all price points.
Silva regularly goes on buying trips to New York and Boston and always keeps her customers’ requests and needs in mind. “Classic styles such as smocking and knits are always popular,” she says. “And for an edgier look, customers love the European lines.”
When it comes to finding the right gift or size for the little ones in your life, Silva and her staff are knowledgeable and hands on. “I find that many people like to shop local in lieu of malls and big box stores.” she says. “I live in the East Bay, so it’s great to see many familiar faces come in to support small businesses.”
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