Anyone who has loved the children's picture book “Ferdinand”, by Munro Leaf, will be reminded of that peaceful bull by Westmoreland's new baby boutique, “The Bull & The Bee”.

The new store, located across the street from the Post Office at 1540 S.E. Bybee Boulevard, features clothing, furniture, supplies and gifts for children from birth to age 2. Owner Barb Wright, a Westmoreland resident, says she also carries some clothing for moms and children up to age 8.

by: RITA A. LEONARD - Barb Wright, owner of the new Westmoreland baby boutique The Bull & The Bee, displays a wooden Stokke bassinet that converts into a sleep system as baby grows older. The boutique’s grand opening was November 8th in the corner space formerly occupied by Staccato Gelato. Wright has painted the interior a warm and cheerful yellow, and equipped it with convenient restrooms and a nursing lounge. “We carry a lot of safe, natural, and organic products here, and are planning on bringing in new books and furniture, since they are selling briskly,” she says.

The Bull & The Bee stocks many eco-friendly and local items, such as cloth diapers and inserts, and a whole selection of bottles and feeding supplies. “There’s been a lot of new technology in that category,” remarks Wright. “We have strollers, car seats, Stokke sleep systems and highchairs, and a new type of baby bouncer by Nuna that operates noiselessly. We’re also working on completing a baby registry here.”

Among the most popular items in the new store so far are Chew Beads, a necklace for moms to wear and babies to teethe on; and a clothing line with magnetic closures called Magnificent Baby. “We also carry a one-size-fits-all mom and baby poncho designed by a Woodstock mom,” she adds. “The poncho has a detachable baby cover that can be added for moms who go out in adverse weather wearing a baby carrier on the front.” There are also selections for expecting parents.

This is Wright’s first retail business and, since she has a 2-year-old of her own, she's familiar with toddler needs. Her stated aim is to provide safe, serviceable and eco-friendly products for her customers. The boutique is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am-6 pm, Saturdays 11-6, and Sundays 11-5. For more information, call 503/235-2855, or go online to:

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