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Batavia business sells baby, children’s apparel

Brigitte and Mike Shepard have opened Hummingbird in a Shoebox children's clothing boutique in downtown Batavia. The store is at 241 W. Wilson St. in Batavia.
Brigitte and Mike Shepard have opened Hummingbird in a Shoebox children's clothing boutique in downtown Batavia. The store is at 241 W. Wilson St. in Batavia.

BATAVIA – When Brigitte Shepard was pregnant with her daughter Isabella, she was frustrated that all the baby clothing she saw looked the same.

The Yorkville resident hopes that her store, Hummingbird in a Shoebox, offers plenty of unique items. The store sells designer children’s clothing, baby shower gifts and more.

Hummingbird in a Shoebox celebrated its grand opening April 19 during the downtown Batavia Egg Hop after opening in February. The store is below Special Occasions dress shop at 241 W. Wilson St., on the corner of Wilson Street and Batavia Avenue in downtown Batavia.

“We were looking for something not too big,” Shepard said. “We are hoping to grow.”

Shepard believes the store is ideally located She said it will “get a lot of foot traffic from Special Occasions, and being on the corner helps.”

“We have had people come in just because they see our stuff in the window,” she said.

She said husband, Mike, came up with the name for the store because “he says I never sit still.”

“I’m a very busy multitasker,” Shepard said.

Shepard keeps busy. Along with being a mother to 3-year-old Isabella and running the store with her husband, in her full-time job, she is the marketing manager for Aurora-based Medallion Press.

Hummingbird in a Shoebox sells such designer brands as Mustard Pie, Haute Baby and Maeli Rose. But the store offers a range of prices for everybody, Shepard said.

“You can get a really cute outfit for $14,” she said.

Shepard said she tries to meet the needs of her customers as best she can, adding, “if they have a special request, we will look into it.”

Batavia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Holly Deitchman said Hummingbird in a Shoebox is a great fit for the downtown.

“I think there is a niche in Batavia for specialty clothing, especially children focused,” Deitchman said.

Hummingbird in a Shoebox shares the space with another business, Paper Dreams and Gifts, owned by Michelle Cienferri, of Aurora. They previously subleased a space at Two Shopaholics in Wheaton.

“We complement each other really well,” Shepard said.

In the future, Shepard said Hummingbird in a Shoebox plans to offer events that families can enjoy together, such as hairbow making and mommy-daughter manicures.

She said she also plans to convert a back room to create more space for merchandise as well as a fitting room.

For information, call the store at 866-514-7010 or visit www.hummingbirdinashoebox.com.

Know more

Hummingbird in a Shoebox baby and children’s boutique is at 214 W. Wilson St. in downtown Batavia. Information is available at www.hummingbirdinashoebox.com.

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