Thursday, April 9, 2009

5 Questions for the Co-owner of Spela

5 Questions for Regina Brannen, co-owner of Spela Children's Store and Cafe, which opened a few months ago:

1.) Name one product you can't find at Target.

PeaceLoveMom T-shirts. The company advertises to moms who don't have pregnant bellies. The most popular tee says "Happy Mom."

2.) What's your hottest selling item?

Resa Design birthday tees (the tiny tees feature a groovy applique of a number, which corresponds with the tot's age).

3.) How many kids comprise the Spela clan?

We have 6 right now; in August we'll have 7.

4.) Spela features an enclosed play area, where parents can watch their kids while drinking coffee, perusing magazines, or taking advantage of your wireless hookup. Is Spela the new Starbucks for the locally minded stroller set?

Yes, absolutely. I can't tell you how many times people say, "we met here because it was cold, I hope that's ok." That's totally ok, that's what we want. Bring your playgroup; bring your music class. On Fridays through April we have a story time at 10:30. On Fridays in May we're having a toddler movement class.

5.)  Both you and your co-owner are State College natives and you feature locally made items. How do you hope Spela will impact the community?

This month we're starting classes so moms can attend a workshop while their kids play. And we support community groups associated with children. We try to choose an item every month and donate a portion of the proceeds to a local charity.

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