Published: June 27, 2019
FAVORITE STORE FOR KIDS’ STUFF
This is the kind of store a child can grow up with. It begins even before birth with a full-service layette department and continues on up to a complete camp department for when the kids are old enough to sleep away — and beyond. Described as a “store within a store,” the layette department offers moms-to-be knowledgeable specialists, who suggest needed items based on recommendations from manufacturers and other Denny’s customers. The personal service also extends to camp necessities, as kids and their parents are personally guided through a shopping list from clothes to trunks to towels. A family-run business for over 40 years, Denny’s is a favorite for the latest in back-to-school fashions as well as the basics like sleepwear, and even accommodates customers with one-on-one appointments with a sales associate. Plus, for kids that are so inclined, there are Instagram modeling opportunities on the Denny’s website.
801 S. University Dr., Plantation
19595 State Road 7, Boca Raton
This out-of-the-ordinary shop somehow seems perfectly situated in sea-swept South Florida. Mermaid Cove is, yes, all things mermaid, featuring treasures inspired by the ocean and a variety of mermaid-themed items. Naturally that includes swimming tails for mermaid wanna-bes of all ages. The shop, which opened in 2018, features an event space with a throne for mermaid celebrations ranging from kids’ parties to bachelorette to-dos. In addition to housewares, jewelry and a large selection of adult clothes, the store sells baby and toddler stuff, all with a mermaid theme, as well as products for younger children, including soft toys and art kits. On the website, you can subscribe to receive a monthly Mermaid Cove Crate, full of age-appropriate treasures. With events and live mermaid appearances, Mermaid Cove is more than just a store — it’s local mermaid headquarters.
1645 SE Third Court ,#102, Deerfield Beach
FAVORITE MALL OR SHOPPING CENTER
There’s something for just about everyone here — the country’s largest outlet and value retail shopping destination — for international tourists as well as locals. Its over 350 stores include outlet locations for the bargain-hunter, as well as the fashionistas who flock to The Colonnade Outlets for over 70 luxury brand outlets not found anywhere else in South Florida. If there’s something you’re shopping for — whether fashion and jewelry, electronics, sporting equipment, beauty products, home accessories, toys and more — it’s a good bet you can find it at Sawgrass Mills. And for dining and entertainment, there are dozens of options, from fast-food to upscale cuisine, and a movie theater with IMAX. Also, as reader Shanti Bruce points out, the carousel is perfect for the little ones.
12801 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
FAVORITE KIDS FUN AT A SHOPPING DESTINATION
Aquarium At Bass Pro Shop
This 30,000-gallon aquarium is one of the area’s most captivating, free, indoor diversions for youngsters, shopping destination or not. The younger ones especially stand transfixed by — or run around following — all the different varieties of native fish, from Largemouth bass to freshwater eels, that are swimming around the boulder-encased aquarium. The running waterfall and lifelike natural wildlife reproductions create a little outdoor tableau that stands out inside the huge sporting-goods mecca but seems just right for a place called Outdoor World. “You can spend time watching all the fish swim around while the rest of your party shops,” says reader Stephanie Soto of Weston. “They also have a lot of their toys out for kids to play with before buying. There is a lot of entertainment for just a store.” And Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays at 2:30pm, the kids can watch — and may be called on to help — the store’s pros feed the fish.
200 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach
FAVORITE STORE FOR KIDS’ DECOR
IKEA’s got you covered for just about any furniture and furnishings for kids, from the day you bring them home until they’re almost all grown up. Perhaps it’s not surprising that the Scandinavian chain is a go-to retailer for kids furniture — it was founded by a kid of only 17 years of age. (Fun fact: IKEA is an acronym for its founder’s name, Ingvar Kamprad; Elmtaryd, his farm’s name; and the nearby village of Agunnaryd.) Of course, IKEA has come a long, long way since its 1943 beginnings in rural Sweden and its early days as a catalog service. Today, with its “for-the-people” concept and 422 stores in more than 50 markets, IKEA is virtually synonymous with the word “furniture.” As reader Elsa Colon of West Park puts it: “Huge! They have everything for the home.” Plus, IKEA is extra family-friendly. Most stores feature family parking spots, a baby-care area, baby food, microwaves, shopping strollers and a free supervised play area for kids between 4 and 10 years old. Called Småland, it features a Swedish forest atmosphere — of course.
151 NW 136 Ave., Sunrise
Rooms for a Prince and Princess
As the royalty in its name implies, quality is the catchword here. You can see it in the large selection of unique cribs, beds and bedding for baby girls and boys, and in the furniture — from rockers to recliners, changing tables to dressers. With the business in her blood, owner Natalie Stern Herzog has brought experience and joyful memories from her parent’s Detroit furniture business to her South Florida dream store — expanding on the concept with personalized gifts, a gift registry and clothing for all occasions and seasons.
6859 SW 18 St., Ste. 102, Boca Raton