Laurie Podesta-Daniels, right, is owner of Peek-A-Boo Cottage in downtown Brookings. The Pilot/Lorna Rodriguez
The owners of Peek-A-Boo Cottage value the Brookings-Harbor community – children, parents, shoppers, its Facebook followers and those who donate items.
“This town has welcomed us,” owner Laurie Podesta-Daniels said.
People donated so many clothes that Laurie ran out of space on the hanging racks, and her storage room is already full of clothes for the summer months.
Peek-A-Boo Cottage, located at 611 Chetco Ave., is a family store that sells “new and gently loved kid’s stuff” – clothes, toys, baby gear and furniture.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. However Podesta-Daniels will stay open until 5:30 if people call ahead and ask her to stay.
Laurie is in charge of the store, but her daughters Karley, Stacy and Gina, her sons Bobby and Zack, her husband Ken and her friend Amber Ard help run the store.
Clothes sizes range from boys and girls 0-24 months and 2-16. The store sells and is looking for maternity items as well.
All of the toys are educational, and most are from the Melissa and Doug brand.
The store also buys clothes, toys and baby equipment on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Owners will look at items and make an offer based on current style, condition, safety standards and current stock. People will be paid in Peek-A-Boo money, or store credit.
“We want our quality to be as good as if they were new,” Laurie said. “That’s important to us.”
Peek-A-Boo Cottage opened Nov. 1.
Laurie decided to open “to give back. I love this town,” she said. “This was my way to give back. To help everybody in town. Especially our children. They’re our most important asset.”
As a result, Laurie and her family do their best to learn every child’s name.
They will also special order from Melissa and Doug catalogs.
Finally, the store does a drawing every Tuesday and Thursday for Peek-A-Boo money.
Laurie will pick a random number from people who “like” its Facebook page, and will then “Peek-A-Boo” a person who likes the page.
That person will have until the end of the day to come in and pick up the Peek-A-Boo bucks.
“It’s our way of keeping in touch with the community,” Laurie said.
Before opening, Laurie raised six children and ran a daycare business for 25 years.
Her goal is “to be is your go-to store for kids,” Podesta-Daniels said. “We want to be the place ... people go to get toys.”
So far, business is “going really, really well,” daughter Karley said.
Customers will refer others and spread the word, she added.
“We want to be part of the community. Not just a store,” Laurie said.