Hop Scotch Children's Store

Meet Rachel and Chris, co-owners of Hop Scotch Children's Store in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Chris and Rachel, owners of Hop Scotch Children's Store
Hop Scotch Children's Store

by Marie-Claire Camp
Photography by Rhiannon McCalmont

Hop Scotch was the first retailer to carry our cards in their shop, and it's long overdue that we introduce them to you all!

This smart little shop, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a go-to for all local cloth-diapering families, baby-wearers and naturally-minded parents. 

Our family purchased all of our cloth diapers and Flip covers (that Silas and Owen wore when they were babies) from Hop Scotch, our wooden blocks, and I've found so many wonderful gifts for families there throughout the years.

In addition to locally-made products, like Uncle Goose blocks, they also have bigger brands like Djeco, Beco, Under the Nile, Haba and Life Factory.

Hop Scotch just celebrated their 10th Birthday this past week and they're super excited for the Holiday season to show off all the new items in store for customers.

Hop Scotch Children's Store

We had a chance to interview Chris and Rachel a few weeks back and wanted to share our conversation with everyone here on our blog. 

SO Awesome: Hi Rachel! We’re so happy to speak with you today. Please tell us about Hop Scotch Children’s Store.

Rachel: Hop Scotch is an independently owned baby and toy store in Grand Rapids. We specialize in natural parenting items like cloth diapers and baby carriers, handmade items and "kid-powered" educational toys. 

SO Awesome: Tell us a bit about yourselves.

Rachel: Well, there are only two of us, Chris & Rachel, so undoubtedly if you come in you will be greeted by one of us. 

Hop Scotch Children's Store
Hop Scotch Children's Store

Chris is married and the mother of three boys; one in middle school, one in high school and one in college. She enjoys thrift stores, flea markets & junk auctions, collecting primitives & pyrex, and painting & re-purposing furniture and home decor items.

Rachel is married and the mother of two boys; one is a sophomore in college and the other a 5th grader. When not at work she can usually be found reading a novel, sewing, baking or organizing. She enjoys working on the creative aspects of the business like marketing, graphics & web design.

Children's Wallet Cards at Hop Scotch Children's Store

SO Awesome: What qualities do you look for when stocking your shop?

Rachel: We look for high quality products made by sustainable/eco-responsible manufacturers with a focus on fair trade & local artisans, small US manufacturers and Michigan based companies.

We believe play things are children's work so the toys we choose are fun and engaging as well as educational. We have an affinity for natural wood toys and choose to carry toys that don't use batteries and have minimal plastic.

SO Awesome: What makes for a perfect day in your shop?

 A day that we're both productive, have lots of customers and great sales!

SO Awesome: Are there any upcoming events at your shop? Or big sales that parents in the Grand Rapids area should know about?

Babywearing dispaly at Hop Scotch Children's Store

Rachel: We have several new events on the schedule. Please come and join us for them!

Every Tuesday morning from 10:15 am to 11:15 am is Mama Sit & Knit

Every Wednesday morning from 10:15 am to 11:15 am is or Play Group

Every Thursday afternoon from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm is Mom's 'Craft'ernoon Out

There's also a Cloth Diaper Class on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am too for parents looking to find out more about cloth diapering.

Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us Rachel and Chris! We love your store so much.

Check out Hop Scotch's full events calendar here.

Hop Scotch Children's Store is located at 909 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. They're open from Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Give Rachel and Chris a call at 1 (616) 233-4008 or email them at questions@hopscotchstore.com

They're online at hopscotchstore.com