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Retro Goes Kiddie

Those who dig vintage finds for their homes or closets (think Laverne sweaters and cat-eye glasses) may want to start sharing the passion with their little ones. Retroactive Kids, a hip new boutique can help. Here, you'll discover plenty of one-of-a-kind and vintage-inspired goods for kids one to six years of age. You can pick up tiny saddle shoes and knickers or peruse the selection of kids' vintage Levi's (all hand-laundered in lavender detergent; $13 a pair). Snap up toys and home accessories, too–co-owner Trisha Gilmore says the Scribbles coloring books ($18.95) from Everyone Poops author Taro Gomi are hugely popular. Decorative pillows ($26) are also fun; a local artist crafts them out of vintage fabrics. Before heading home, stare up at the store's blue-sky ceiling or get energized by the orange and green walls (the look is "circus-y," according to Gilmore). Old flash cards decorate the space, too, reminding us of decades when Baby Einstein didn't exist. Believe us, the store is worth a trip just to take a step back in time.

P.S. Hair cuts are now available at the instore salon (a partnership with Westside Kids) and check out the new Art Lab for fun activities for the Little Ones.

Retroactive Kids
4859 Rainer Ave S, Columbia City
Tues.-Sat., 11:00 am till 5:00 pm