By John A. Ballentine
Seventh Street Littles Children’s Boutique opened its’ doors a week ago, in Wyoming, Illinois, which is an offshoot of Seventh Street Boutique. The new store is located in the former Johnson’s Drug Store building, in downtown Wyoming.
Owner Sheila Rumbold explained why she opened Littles, “To be honest, there was a demand for this type of retail shop. Other children’s shops have closed. We kept getting people who asked, ‘What happened to the kids’ store?’ So, I decided that this store front was sitting next to my store, Seventh Street Boutique, and it was empty. I hate seeing an empty store front. The more we have in our community, the more people will come to Wyoming.”
Sheila fretted, “I’m a little nervous about starting this time of year because Littles was supposed to be up and going a month ago. There were some things that happened that put us behind schedule, but we pushed on and opened before we had a lot of our clothes in. There is still enough to look at for people to enjoy it.”
Littles clothing are marketed supplied and come from wholesale online purchases. Everything is purchased wholesale from candy to necklaces. Littles employees are Renae Baker, of Bradford, Jerrica Blakey, of Wyoming, plus three high school women and a college woman.
Littles is geared toward girls ages 7 years to 14, and boys from infant to 6-years-old. Inside there are toys, candy, and as Sheila says, “We will have shoes and accessories, such as necklaces and bracelets, plus clothing. We are going to try to find all kinds of things. We are always on the hunt.”
Sheila continued, “Rainbow Resources, of West Jersey, brought in a sampling of what is in their huge warehouses and that’s what all the toys are. They brought in toys that aren’t as easy to find in area stores. They are more specialty education toys and that type of thing.”
Sheila added, “We will always be looking out for new items. We will take suggestions. Eventually, we will be online at our website, Seventh Street Boutique.com, and Littles will be located on that website. People can browse online at our products. The products won’t be on there right away – we wanted to get established first and get our feet on the ground before going online.”
A Grand Opening is planned before summer and Sheila hopes to have either Superheroes or a Disney princess, or both, available for the event.
The hours for Littles are Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone number is the same as Seventh Street Boutique, which is 309-695-3000.
By John A. Ballentine