Clothes and toys for girls and boys


Deva Wagner building a display in the new Love Child store. These pieces are from the Abbey Garcia line of children’s clothes.

Not allowing a lot of dust to gather upon the building which recently housed The Stonehouse General Store after its closing, local retailer Deva Wagner has purchased the building and is presenting a new specialty boutique for children, and both expecting and new mothers.

Wagner already owns and operates Wolf Creek Gallery in downtown Lewisburg. That store has been open at its current location for 20 years. Above it for many years has been Do Si Do (translation: back to back), which was a collaboration with a previous business partner and offered children’s clothing on a much smaller scale than what is happening now. Do Si Do will be closing its doors to make way for the new thing in downtown.

With a new storefront and new ideas, comes a new name from for the newest offering from the entrepreneur. Kept under wraps until now, it was with great excitement that Wagner shared the new name Love Child, along with the opening date of Apr. 1.

Wagner says, “Planning, designing and opening a new store is such a great pleasure to me, I wish I could do that for a living.” The time and creativity put into her stores is quite evident. Charm and sophistication abound as you enter the stores she designs.

Wagner mentioned how important it is to our downtown to offer such a variety of retail to shoppers who consider Lewisburg a destination shopping trip. With the closing of the Honnahlee Toy store recently. Wagner decided to expand her idea for the new children’s clothing store to include toys of both instructional value and those which are just plain fun such as the Plan Toys line. She will also be carrying lines of gear for the expectant mothers and newborn babies.

One of the lines Wagner is most excited about offering is from Abbey Garcia. This designer is from here; but now lives elsewhere. Wagner will be carrying Garcia’s Piper and Pippy line of designer clothing for girls and boys. These clothes are designed with Southern charm in mind, says Wagner. “They are incredibly beautiful and well made,” she adds.

Lines of toys will include Melissa and Doug, Calico Critters and some of the more popular items which Honnahlee carried, with all merchandise focusing on newborns and children up to ages of around eight. Love Child will also carry the popular infant line called Zutano.

There will also be jewelry items befitting of young children.

The store will expand on Wagner’s tradition of complimentary gift wrapping by now offering a registry for both baby showers and birthdays.

The store will open on Apr. 1, with business hours of Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can reach the store for more information at 304-520-4934. It is located at 124 West Washington Street.

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