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Buy Buy Baby quietly debuts in Colorado

You wouldn’t know it from their web site, but Buy Buy Baby quietly opened a store in Colorado in late October. A division of Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby is testing a new concept here outside Denver (Broomfield)—a baby store within a Bed Bath & Beyond that now will have a joint name. […]

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Online pioneer BabyCatalog.com calling it quits after 20 years, launches liquidation sale

One of our long-time sources for discount baby gear, Connecticut-based BabyCatalog.com is calling it quits as its owner retires. The site has launched a retirement sale and is liquidating all its remaining inventory—including such brand names as Bugaboo, Perego, Britax and more. Owner Joe Randazzo started Baby Club of America back in 1992—yes, those pre-Internet […]

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BRU registry feedback: mystery gifts?

As readers of our blog know, we collect stories from parents about baby gift registries gone awry. Today’s email comes a new parent in San Francisco, who notes that Babies R Us’ gift registry has a slight problem: lack of packing lists that indicate WHO sent a gift: I just think it is important for […]

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Updated: The Baby Bargains List of Best Baby Stores in America, 2012

This marks the third year we’ve been compiling our list of the best indie baby stores in America. In the past year, we’ve lost a handful of these stores to a tough economy. But most have soldiered on. And we’ve added a few newcomers to the list this time around. So, drum roll, here is […]

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Reader: Babies R Us gift registry: “an exercise in futility”

Reader Mike O. writes in today with his frustrations in dealing with the Babies R Us baby gift registry: We wanted to provide you with some negative feedback (surprise!) about Babies R Us (BRU).  Getting BRU to take items off of our registry after they were purchased by our friends and family has been an […]

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Goore's Babies to Teens to close in Sacramento

Goore’s, named by our book as one of the “Top 19 Best Baby Stores in America,” is closing at the end of this year. The official announcement will come today. Based in Sacramento, Goore’s started in 1992 by Ken and April Goore. Reach by phone today, Ken told BABY BARGAINS that competition from the internet […]

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USA Baby in Richmond closes, to file for bankruptcy

USA Baby in Richmond, VA has closed, posting a notice on its web page that the franchised location plans to file for bankruptcy (see below).  We heard this new from a reader who had special-ordered a glider-rocker from the store, only to find his furniture that was due today is AWOL. If you have special […]

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Lone Star Baby closing 2 locations, having liquidation sale

Lone Star Baby, one of our top 19 Best Baby Stores in America, announced this week it is scaling back, closing two of its four Dallas/Fort Worth locations. The four store chain will consolidate into their Frisco flagship store, closing the Dallas and North Richland Hills stores. A liquidation sales will begin Thursday April 28 […]

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After 64-year run, Lullaby Lane closes in Bay Area

One of our top 21 best baby stores in America has called it quits: Lullaby Lane in San Bruno, CA shut its doors over the weekend. A notice on their web site said online shopping, Craigslist and big box competition was too much for the store, which first debuted in 1947. No doubt the poor […]

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NYT: Disney plans invasion of baby gear category

If you are giving birth this spring, you may have a visitor in the maternity ward: Mickey Mouse. According to the New York Times, Disney is giving away 200,000 “Disney Cuddly Bodysuits” to new moms in maternity wards across the country though May. This is part of Disney’s new push into all things baby, from […]

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