By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette
The Children’s Shop has long been a downtown staple for infant and child clothing in Corsicana. As the original store, located at 112 W. Collin Street, gets ready to close its doors, its retail story continues with a new location and new owner, Claire Irvin. The grand opening will take place 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24, located at 305 N. Beaton Street.
The new location will mix some familiarity with its updated look. The original Children’s Shop sign still greets guests as they come through the doors. And for longtime customers, all the familiar brands they’ve known and loved will still be available.
But there will be new features as well, such as checking the shop’s social media pages for new inventory and unique classes for children, a party room offering cookie decorating, art and etiquette classes, dress up tea parties, birthday and baby shower packages, and more. The store will also offer birthday and baby registries, and the option to shop on the retailer’s online store.
There will even be a life-sized dollhouse for the shop’s littlest customers, and all-new clothing brands, candy, and toys.
“Our hope is to let anyone and everyone feel like they can shop here and have the same experience,” Irvin said.
The Children’s Shop is 20-year old Irvin’s first business. The Corsicana native grew up shopping at the the original Children’s Shop. After graduating high school a year early, she thought about what she was going to do next. Her mother, while shopping for a gift at the Collin location, saw the store was for sale, and suggested the idea to her daughter.
“I’ve always loved kids, and I love organizing, and I love the business side of things, so it seemed like a perfect fit,” Irvin said.
While Irvin liked the idea of running the store, she described the opportunity as “It wasn’t God’s timing” in terms of taking over the location. Fast forward two years later, things fell into place to own the store.
“I’m so excited to keep the legacy of The Children’s shop on, and grow it into the different avenues that we are,” Irvin said.
As the business continues to grow, Irving would like to see the clothing lines expand to “Mommy and Me,” “Daddy and Son,” and maternity and holiday-themed options, as well as cribs and strollers in the future.
“I feel like I’ve been blessed with this opportunity, so I would like to use this store to bless others,” Irvin said, adding that she would like to add a charity part of the store to give back to other people.
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