Come early April, people looking for children’s clothing will have a new retail outlet to add to their list of places to shop in Fort Frances.
“Mary’s Little Lambs,” owned by local resident Mary Calder, is slated to open at 616 Mowat Ave. (next door to Warrior Work Wear).
Calder, who had been contemplating the idea of opening a children’s clothing store for some time, said it was one of a handful of businesses she thought was lacking here.
“It’s been something I’ve always wanted to do and have thought about doing,” she said Friday.
“You can sit back and think about it for years but sometimes you just have to be a little adventurous,” she added, noting daughter, Amanda Jourdain, and son, Chris Calder, will be on staff.
“I looked at the town and saw it was lacking in availability to [more] children’s clothing,” Calder said, adding she’s already had numerous positive responses from people about the upcoming store.
But Calder is no stranger to the world of business. She and husband, Brent, own and run b•mac controls, an electrical instrumentation contractor which supplies workers for Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. mills here and in Kenora, as well as for Ontario Hydro.
In fact, b•mac controls is located just down the hall from where the clothing store will be.
“Mary’s Little Lambs” will mostly feature clothing sized 0-6x but also will have a section called “Cool Kids Corner” set up especially for those size 7-16.
Calder said her store won’t be a boutique-style outlet but instead will give shoppers good quality clothing at middle-of-the-road prices.
Some of the brands which will be available at “Mary’s Little Lambs” include Fila, Chelsea Blue, Primary Colours, and Jesland. Children’s raincoats and polar fleece blankets also will be for sale there.