1612 Mountain Rd., Moncton, New Brunswick E1G 1A4
As a time-strapped Mom I value one-stop shopping, but unless you live in a large urban centre, it isn’t always possible. For residents of Moncton, New Brunswick, a new store opened in early 2012 that fit the bill perfectly – Ana Banana Baby Boutique.
It all began when owners Amy and Jonathan Clinch had a difficult time finding high-quality, stylish baby goods after the birth of their daughter in late 2011. They figured other like-minded parents were in the same boat, so they decided to open Ana Banana, which has since filled a huge void in quality children’s retail in the Moncton area.
With a product line-up of well-respected lines including Oeuf, Cate & Levi, Franck and Fishcher, Boon, Dutailier and more, Ana Banana isn’t fooling around when it comes to their desire to offer chic, sustainable and functional children’s products! They love to support their country and community by carrying homegrown products, too. Dutaillier is one of the furniture lines they carry that is completely manufactured in Canada, offering a modern selection of furniture and gliders. Other Canadian-made brands include 3 Sprouts, whose cute nursery items like animal storage bins and boxes are a hit with parents and kids alike; Kaloo, a line of cuddly plush toys; and adorable clothing lines Deux par Deux, Mantoo and Stonz. Local products from Mom entrepreneurs Itzybel (cute hand knit booties, hats, dresses and sweaters) and Lulujo (muslin, bamboo and organic cotton blankets with the cutest designs and eco-friendly facecloths), as well as wood crafted growth charts and custom art from Pierrette Daigle are among the best-sellers at Ana Banana. Products that are hard-to-find or exclusive to their boutique include P’Kolino, an innovative line of toys and furniture; lke Mountain Buggy, Phil and Teds and Bumbleride strollers; and beautiful furniture made by Stokke, such as the Tripp Trap highchair and the oval crib Sleepi Bed.
They have scoured the planet to bring their customers the coolest, most innovative products available. Product quality is a major focus of theirs, too, because no matter how cool something is, it doesn’t matter unless it’s well made. They also offer a wide selection of eco friendly and organic products in all categories, from furniture to clothing. Oeuf (a favourite of Amy’s) is one example of an eco friendly company that manufactures their products to the highest standard. Other companies they love – Cate and Levi, whose products are created using recycled wool; and Franck and Fishcher, a Danish company that meets the OEKO-TEX 100 standard and whose wood is from plantation forest or MDF1 (which means no harmful chemicals in the glue and an environmental approach in production).
Despite their impressive list of products, what they’re most proud of is the assistance they provide their customers. They strive to ensure every customer leaves the store feeling good about what they just bought – whether it be a $1000 item or a $5 item. Their staff are all experienced parents who are knowledgeable about the best (and worst) products in the commercial infant and toddler industry, and they are happy to help in any way they can. They even do walk through baby registries for customers to learn about their products (functionality, set-up, etc.) so that when they get home and open their purchase, they already have a good idea of how it works.
Ana Banana has been a breath of fresh air to the under-served Moncton children’s market since their opening. They are thankful for the amazing reception they’ve received from the community and are happy to be able to give back by supporting fundraising activities for breast cancer research, SIDS and children with disabilities, as well as donating items to their local schools and churches.
Ana Banana offers the most innovative, modern and safest baby & tot products, and strives to carry the best sustainable brands available on the market. Founded on the concept that both quality and style are important in preparing for the arrival of a new baby (and as they grow), Ana Banana’s mission is to help people choose beautiful, high-quality, functional items that are safe for children and the planet.
If you live in Moncton, or the surrounding area, and haven’t yet checked out Ana Banana, you should stop by! Or if you’re like me and don’t live in the east, but are always on the lookout for fabulous kids’ products, visit Ana Banana online and get ready to drool! They are also on Facebook, so “like” their page to find out about new products and promotions first.