Editor's note: This article was written by a Townsquare Media Northern New England contributor and may contain the individual's views, opinions or personal experiences.

Do you remember when every little town in New England had its own children's clothing store?  It may have been part of a larger store, but somehow we'd always manage to get our clothes from our local store, rather than the big city.

Now, with so many options online, where are the best, most creative, and fun stores to shop for baby, toddler, or older children's clothes?  There aren't that many anymore.

I'm not talking about mall stores, like Gap, The Children's Store, Old Navy, Carter's, nor consignment stores (which have some great deals).  These are all great stores for the basics, with sales that'll make any mom smile.

I wanted to find the really hip places and stylish boutiques that carry items you can touch, feel, and see.  Those stores inspire us all and bring out the fun we were all born with.

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Today's fabrics are organic and soft, with a touch of personality and uniqueness, just like your kid. Many of these boutiques are mom-owned, and carry hand-made local goods to show town pride.

Looking for a baby gift? These stores are quirky and classy, with a zips of cleverness and personality in their creations, including clothing, accessories, outerwear, shoes, toys, and games.


Who knew there were so many options for kids shoes, from baby to toddler to tween.  Ballcaps are another fun item, with cute sayings that'll show some of that kid attitude.

Let's look at Northern Massachusetts, Southern Maine, and New Hampshire children's clothing stores that stood out for their uniqueness and individuality.

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