Parents dream of making a better world and better life for their children -- a new store in the Grove City Town Center helps make it easier for parents of infants and toddlers to do just that.

Parents dream of making a better world and better life for their children -- a new store in the Grove City Town Center helps make it easier for parents of infants and toddlers to do just that.

Never Grow Up Boutique, which opened opened Oct. 1 at 4002 Broadway, specializes in products for "modern, natural parenting," said Andrea Nance, who co-owns the store with her husband, Mark.

"We offer natural eco-friendly products that help parents and families leave as minimal a carbon footprint on the Earth as possible," she said.

"We strive to be a one-stop shop for parents," Nance said. "If we can make the shopping experience fun, easy and informative, it will encourage more people to choose earth-friendly products."

"It's so important these days to think about the world we're leaving to our children," Mark Nance said. "It's really an empowering movement that helps you bond more with your children."

"Both Mark and I grew up on Grove City and we really wanted to bring a shop like this to our hometown," Andrea Nance said. "We're looking to bring a home-town feel to the experience of shopping for baby-care items."

The boutique offers cloth diapers, items for babywearing, household products as well as educational products and toys.

"It's all items we would buy ourselves," Andrea Nance said. "One of our goals is to help support the wonderful mom-and-pop businesses that make these products. We're offering an alternative to buying products online or from out of the country and going to the big mega stores.

"The mom-and-pop businesses are making the same products as the big corporations, and usually at a much higher quality," she said.

One example is Re-Play, an American company that makes plastic infant and toddler dishware out of recycled milk jugs, Andrea Nance said.

The use of babywearing has been particularly meaningful for Mark Nance.

"I take my son around with me, carrying him in a carrier," he said. "It helps keep me close and connected to my son."

The Nances have two children, a daughter, Presley, who is 4 years old, and M.J., their 1-year-old son.

Presley provided the name of the store, Andrea Nance said.

"She's a big fan of Peter Pan and we watch the live Broadway version all the time with her," she said. "Presley suggested 'Never Grow Up' in honor of Peter Pan."

The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

More information about the store is available at facebook.com/NeverGrowUpBoutique and nevergrowup boutique.com.

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