Well-loved, indeed: Welcome, Bien Aimé

As a parent, I’m constantly wrestling with clothing choices.  Not my own clothing, although there are days when I probably should worry a little more about that (can I get an amen from the moms in the yoga pants?).  No, I’m talking about my girls’ clothes – although their interests range from worms to gymnastics to cooking, when it comes to wardrobe, they’re all girly, all the time.  And let’s be honest: I like picking out fluffy princess dresses as much as they like wearing them.

Imagine my glee when Bien-Aimé, a new kids’ consignment shop, opened in downtown Durham.  Located near Brightleaf Square, Bien-Aimé carries the brands you’d see in a mall or in catalogs – with the gently-used price on the tags.  When we heard from our friend in the mayor’s office that the store was having a grand opening celebration last month, of course we hustled down and offered some photo services – BA is owned by another Durham woman, and we love to support local-lady-run businesses.

At the event, we were delighted to meet local artist Morgan Cody, whose thumbprint jewelry is absolutely mystifying to me – how does she DO that? – and absolutely precious.  We also met and made princess wands with three friends from Bull City Craft, a great downtown location for birthday parties, drop-in crafts, and track-out camps.  A balloon man twisted up some wild balloon sculptures, and DaisyCakes sent love in cupcake form.  All in all, this was a fantastic event for a great new shop – now if you’ll excuse me, I have tags to remove.

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