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Windsor baby store new addition to Pillette Village

Monday, June 21, 2010

By Donald McArthur, The Windsor Star

WINDSOR, Ont. - A store that is all about baby is the latest addition to a strip of Wyandotte Street East pregnant with possibilities.

Located near Riverside Guitar Shop and across the street from Nancy Johns' Studio and Gallery, the owners of Sweetheart Diapers and More plan to turn a thriving home business into a bustling store front operation.

They got off to a good start Sunday when yours truly, an absent-minded rookie dad, lost his daughter's sun hat during a mid-afternoon stroll beneath a sweltering Windsor sun.

ViVi Sunshine and I were lucky enough to encounter Brent Deneau, who was hanging his shingle, quite literally, outside this funky new baby shop in Pillette Village.

The store was closed for the day but Brent and I got to talking and he gave us a tour of the store, which features environmentally-friendly baby products and cute reusable diapers that come in vibrant, almost electric, shades of green and pink and blue.

It also boasts some rocking little sun hates and I picked up a cute pink one for V.

I was, and remain, a little leery of reusable diapers, but Brent and his wife, Margaret, make a compelling case that they will save parents loads of money while helping to save the environment.

Buying disposable diapers at the grocery store could wind up costing parents as much as $5,000 by the time a child is potty-trained, they say, but a supply of high end reusable diapers could be had for as little as $600.

The products the Deneaus sell have been tried and test and, in fact, their home business began in 2008 when they were searching for quality reusable diapers for their daughter.

The eclectic store, which opened last week, also features an array of locally made items like hats, blankets, toys and hair clips along with diaper bags and nursing pillows.

The shop places an emphasis on natural products, including green laundry detergent that is soft on baby's skin and soft on the environment.

For a full-list of their products, check out their website at www.sweetheartdiapers.com The website also features a blog to keep parents up to speed on the latest in breaking baby news.

The Deneaus are friends with Danielle and Bill Perry, who own Priced Green, a resale clothing store that recently opened across the street. They bring a cool new vibe to a stretch of Wyandotte already dripping with hippie chic.

ViVi and I wish them the best. It's nice to know I'll have outs the next time I lose my daughter's hat on a hot and humid day in historic Riverside.

Armed with our new, pink sun hat, ViVi and I pushed on that day to Coventry Gardens, where we had been told the Charlie Brooks Memorial Peach Fountain had been turned on for the season.

It was but, unfortunately, we couldn't get anywhere near it because the construction fences were still up.

ViVi was not impressed.

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