Back to School Window at Babesta

OK, yes, I always do these windows at night! But I couldn't wait to reveal our back to school window! Pencils by Lotless, Book-table by ebay, backpacks by Madpax (you can buy them inside!!!!) :) And (this is really exciting for us) if you bring in 2 new or nearly new books to Babesta for Room to Grow charity (for in-need families), we'll give you 10 percent off your back to school purchase! Back to School Rulez indeed!!!

Window back to school

Olympic Window at Babesta

As this will be the last day of Olympic window at babesta (the first window after our renovation) I thought I'd post a few pictures. I'm trying to capture all of our windows as we have so much fun doing them and are always sad to see them go (but always excited about the next.)

Note the British brand tees by Rowdy Sprout and the gorgeous "British flags" in poppy colors created by Elyse Kroll Interiors.

Olympic window
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Artist Brady Smith at One Art Space Tomorrow

We're heading over to One Art Space at 23 Warren tomorrow after we close (@7:00) in order to check out artist Brady Smith's wrestlers, bunnies, skeletons & such! Come meet us there. It will (shamefully) be our first visit to the cool space! 


23 Warren Street, btwn Church & Broadway

Here's a taste!

Brady smith card 2

Babesta Threads Renovated!

So for the last couple weeks we have been closed doing a bit of sprucing up  – painting, floors, lights and more! This weekend we opened our doors "softly" as we put on the finishing touches! Thought we'd share a photo with everyone, but we invite you to check it out in person!

Store pic 1

We’re Lovin’ it @Babesta: Century of the Child at the MOMA

So I just went to the Moma yesterday to see "Century of the Child: Growing Up by Design, 1900-2000." It's a comprehensive exhibit that interplays history with the common perception of children and childhood (it wasn't all fun and games for kids, especially in the early years where they were a key & cheap laborers). It walks through the early 20th century as kids started to become more of a focus – in some ways an unspoiled canvas on which adults could imprint our ideal of what society could be. The exhibit also highlights Montessori, and the idea that children have intrinsic ideas and capablities and can independantly interact with the world around them, and the toys and tools to support that school of thought. The exhibit takes you through both World Wars, Italian modernism, the Space Race (and the resulting toys), Disneyland, PeeWee's Playhouse, electronic games and japanimation. There's also a ginormous Stokke Trip Trapp chair! In all, it's a very cool exhibit, and kids will like it for its bright colored vehicles of fun, but there are many more layers and interesting questions that it makes you ponder as a consumer, a global citizen and a parent. It's a great one to visit, and if you can, try to hop on the tour. Runs from July 29-November 5, 2012. 

Photo: Ladislav Sutner-Porototype for Build the Town Building Blocks 1940-43. @ the MOMA.

Century of the child, Growing by design


Toddlers & Tiaras’ Eden Wood shows off her CicciaBella boots at Babesta

We never posted the photos from pop culture phenom Toddlers and Tiaras own Eden Wood and Isabella Barrett's visit to Babesta showing off the new CicciaBella boot-slipper line.  The girls were having a very pink and frilly blast, enjoying every nook and cranny of Babesta Cribz for the paps. We at Babesta wish them the very best with the line an applaud their spunk!

Boots at babesta

Toddlers tiaras
Toddlers and tiaras 2 Toddlers and tiaras 3

The toddlepreneurs showing off their boots & a few of her paparazzi fans getting a shot of the girls hamming it up….

You So Ugly – Ugly Buddy Giveaway at Babesta! Enter to win until August 1, 2012.

So when we got the Ugly Buddies, Ugly Dolls' newest pre-packaged set of stuffed monsters, we fell in love. And we knew everyone else would as well. So we decided to do a giveaway – so that some lucky person could win a buddy for himself AND for his or her buddy. Wanna enter? Super dooper! Go here, fill the form and cross your fingers — and your buddy's fingers!

Second prize is an Ugly Buddy just for you. First Prize is a buddy for you AND a buddy for your friend (think of how heartwarming it will be for your BFF to get this surprise in the mail!!!!)

Enter Here


Off the Shelf – What We’re Reading this Summer at Babesta

OK, so we will be putting out a fun reading list that kids can enjoy this summer (coming soon). I remember fondly joining the library's summer reading clubs and trying to read the most books during the lazy beach days, so we're asking for recommendations from clients, friends and publishing houses on the best of the best for each age group. We'll start posting next week. But in the meantime, we thought we'd give you a snapshot of what the Babesta crew was reading this summer for the moms and dads!

*I have to credit the idea of making a staff shelf to Out of Print Books and BTW, some great OOPB tees are coming soon – we'll let you know!

Babesta bookshelf