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Willow Tree Children’s Boutique: A Haven of Love, Caring and Kids’ Fashion

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Parenthood can be a slippery slope, and outfitting your little ones is often the last thing on your to-do list. Mindy Compton understands this all too well, as her journey to become a mom was paved with trials and setbacks. She has created a space at Willow Tree Children’s Boutique for parents and children to meet, shop, play and gather strength.

Her shop is truly a family affair and a labor of love in every way. Mindy’s daughter, Everly, first and foremost, is her daily inspiration, and the miracle that is childhood further inspires her. Mindy suffered with fertility issues for years before God blessed her and her husband with their daughter. “I love that my work here lets me meet people who have also come through that journey and to pray with those who are still in the midst of it all. 

Focusing on Kids
“I’m in awe of the stories I hear about how people become families,” she mused. “Foster care, adoption, surrogacy, IVF—I frequently meet people who share their journeys with me. Being a parent is the greatest gift and I’m inspired by every single little miracle that walks through our doors.” 

Mindy has a degree in early childhood education and taught preschool for 12 years. She also worked in retail for a few years, so purchasing Willow Tree in 2018 was the ideal culmination of her experience. “I found myself at a crossroads after the company I worked for was sold. My mom, Jan Campbell, retired at that time as well, and I wanted to do something that I was passionate about and something that allowed me to be a mom first,” Mindy explained. “My daughter, Everly, is four and spends a lot of time at the store. Mom does all the books while still enjoying her retirement. It’s not something I ever thought I’d do, but I love it. I love fashion and shopping and it’s so fun to help people find quality pieces they love for the kids in their lives.” 

Everly is the face of the store in many ways. “I have always wanted to be a mom and she is our miracle baby. I love that I can include her and that I get to spend time with her every day. I also love that I’m teaching her how to be an entrepreneur and being an example of working hard to achieve my dreams,” she smiled. Mindy’s husband, Mike, commutes to work at a prison in Vacaville and has been incredibly supportive and patient with her business venture. 

Having Fun
Willow Tree Children’s Boutique opened in 2003 and was originally a baby and tot boutique. Now, you can bring in your older children, up to seven and eight, to find darling duds. “We strive every day to be a fun place for kids and a place where moms can feel relaxed as well. We hold regular events, including cookie decorating classes, pop-ups, jewelry-making workshops, tea parties and story times, with lots more to come,” Mindy explained. “We are always looking to do more events and we hope to find people who want to use this space for activities for kids.  

“We recently had a lemonade stand; all of the proceeds were matched and donated to Mary Graham Children’s Shelter,” she continued. “We have another plan to help benefit local foster youth coming up around the holidays. We are also looking to hire Anna and Elsa for a meet and greet sometime around the release of Frozen 2. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for the dates and times. We have a large play area for kids to enjoy while parents shop and it’s the perfect space for our events, plus we have coffee, tea, a changing table and a comfy spot to feed and rock your baby.” Willow Tree also hosts La Leche League meetings the first Friday of each month at 11:00 a.m. to offer support to breastfeeding mommies. 

Let’s Stay Local!
Mindy acknowledges some challenges along the way. “It’s tough to get people to support local businesses. Big box stores and online purchases are hard for us to compete against, but the big box stores and the internet also can’t compare with the appreciation and service our customers receive when supporting small businesses.” 

Willow Tree Children’s Boutique carries sizes from baby to kids’ sizes seven and eight and stocks clothes, shoes, toys, hats and accessories. Some of the most popular brands Mindy offers are Mayoral, Kickee Pants, Tiny Whales, 3pommes, Little Giraffe, Hatley, Native, Mini Melissa, Freshly Picked, Isobella & Chloe, Angel Dear and Baby Bling Bows.

“We ultimately, completely appreciate everyone who shops small!” she remarked.

Visit Willow Tree Children’s Boutique, 120 N. School Street, Lodi; 209-339-7300, or willowtreechildrensboutique.com, Facebook and Instagram @willowtreelodi to shop online and learn about upcoming events.