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Best Kid's Specialty Clothing

The best darn clothing stores for kids in South Florida.


THREE COUNTY


GOLD

The Gap
Multiple locations throughout South Florida
www.gap.com

Whether you're looking for a baby shower gift, jeans for your teen or a swimsuit for yourself, The Gap has you covered. This large family of stores, which includes BabyGap, GapKids, GapBody and GapMaternity as well the flagship store, consistently ranks highly among fashion-forward parents and their offspring. The reliable selection of quality goods includes everything from delicate layettes to hard-charging jeans and tees -- and while the prices here are fairly reasonable, moms love to talk about the bargains found in The Gap's sale rack. Check out its selection of school uniforms and extended sizes online.


TWO-COUNTY


GOLD
PALM BEACH COUNTY and BROWARD COUNTY

The Children's Place
Town Center at Boca Raton
Wellington Green
Boynton Beach Mall
Coral Square Mall
Pembroke Lakes Mall
Sheridan Plaza, 5087 Sheridan St., Hollywood
Sawgrass Mills Mall
Broward Mall
www.thechildrensplace.com
Additional locations in Miami-Dade County.

With rugged good looks for boys and sweet and funky togs for girls, The Children's Place will outfit your child from newborn to age 10. The Children's Place prides itself on offering high-quality merchandise that pleases the eye as well as the pocketbook, with stores that are easy to navigate and friendly to youngsters. The selection of coordinated pieces is mind-boggling in colors and patterns created to satisfy even the choosiest child. In addition to super cute clothes, select stores and The Children's Place online offers a nice selection of toys including wooden puzzles, crafts, and dolls.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY


GOLD

Janie and Jack
Village of Merrick Park 330 Avenue San Lorenzo, Coral Gables, 305-447-0810
Aventura Mall 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-466-1253
www.janieandjack.com
Additional location in Palm Beach Gardens.

Janie and Jack is about simplicity and luxury. The atmosphere suggests that of a nursery: quiet and soothing. The sales staff, efficient and unobtrusive in aprons, assists in finding just the right size and style. A member of the Gymboree family of stores, Janie and Jack features finely made attire for infants and boys and girls to age 5. The items here are precious and cover quite a range of tastes from tiny pink leather booties to metallic gold sandals, swim trunks to sweater vests. In addition to clothing, Janie and Jack offers a lovely selection of silver gifts by Reed and Barton -- don't forget to ask for the gift packaging: it's too cute.

SILVER

Cheeky Kids
350 Avenue San Lorenzo, Coral Gables
305-461-3131
www.cheeky.com.ar

BRONZE

The Children's Place
8951 SW 107th Ave., Kendall
Miami International Mall; Westland Mall; 118 E. Flagler St., Miami
www.thechildrensplace.com
Additional locations at malls in Broward and Palm Beach counties.


JUDGES' CHOICE


Zara
Aventura Mall, 305-466-2661
www.zara.com

Looking for something a bit out of the ordinary? Zara is the groovy purveyor of trendy European clothes for the entire family. At this luxe shop, you'll find hipster shoes, cosmetics, cool duds and accessories for baby, kids, mom and dad. Zara is the place to find special items like intricately beaded sandals and funky sneakers, jeans worn out in just the right places and itty-bitty baby bikinis with matching head scarves.


PALM BEACH COUNTY


SILVER

Gymboree
Town Center Mall at Boca RatonBoynton Beach Mall
Wellington Green
CityPlace, West Palm Beach
The Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens
www.gymboree.com
Additional locations in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

BRONZE

Abercrombie Kids
The Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens
Wellington Green
Town Center at Boca Raton
www.abercrombiekids.com
Additional location in Aventura Mall.


JUDGES' CHOICE


The Silly Goose
404 E. Atlantic Ave,. Delray Beach
866-324-7167
www.thesillygoose.com

Devoted clientele of The Silly Goose speak of this shop in rapturous terms and with sharp intakes of breath. Well-deserved praise for a children's shop of grand style and old-fashioned customer service. The Silly Goose features layettes by Petit Bateau, diaphanous christening gowns and soft cardigans. There is also everything needed to feather your nursery nest with cribs and changing tables, armoires and rockers. In-house services at The Silly Goose include design assistance and personalized birth announcements (don't forget to check out the distinctive stationery offerings).


BROWARD COUNTY


SILVER

The Spider and the Fly
2402 Weston Road, Weston
954-659-9244

BRONZE

Gymboree
Broward Mall
Coral Square Mall
Pembroke Lakes Mall
www.gymboree.com


JUDGES' CHOICE


2 Dye 4
The Festival Mall 2900 W. Sample Road, Pompano Beach
954-975-5515

Dying for something new and different? Stop by 2 Dye 4 and outfit the entire family is swirls of color. This unique boutique is filled to the brim with tie-dyed apparel for the entire family -- from home-from-the-hospital attire for newborns to T-shirts and shorts for mom and dad. "Our store and our customers are all about fun," says Merle Packman who, along with husband Alan, owns 2 Dye 4. These two know their business and are truly hands-on operators. The couple carries the product from start to finish, manufacturing as well as selling their distinctive creations. The Packmans pride themselves on knowing their customers and encouraging a pleasurable shopping experience. "If you're not nice, you can't work for us," Merle Packman says. "We laugh all day long."

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