By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Megan Dahlgren and Wendy Stein were customers, then employees before they became owners of Bella Stella in June 2014. They spent much of the past year listening to customers’ needs and wants, then they redesigned the store with the aim to be more accessible, organized and family-friendly. They also have expanded their selection of new items by showing products from local artisans and other women-owned businesses. Their baby carrier selection and toys come from many manufacturers. The revamped play area features a play kitchen and a cozy spot for nursing mothers.
Dahlgren and Stein want to make the trade-in of resale children’s and maternity items as easy as possible. Store credit is given immediately and can be used toward anything in the shop, whether new or used. Trade-in items are accepted during normal business hours, seven days a week, without an appointment, Stein and Dahlgren said. These include maternity clothing, children’s clothing from preemie through size 8, shoes, baby gear, toys and carriers.
The store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The telephone is (503) 284-4636. E-mail is moc.y1508712859babal1508712859letsa1508712859lleb@1508712859pleh1508712859.