Shop the block: Bellini Baby & Teen Furniture, 1020 Mission St., South Pasadena

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Bellini’s domain encompasses all types of furniture for babies and children, and the boutique on Mission Street is filled with exquisite cribs in decorated display vignettes.
Here you’ll find the perfect gift for a baby shower or for your own little one, from elegant armoires for storing away diapers and wipes to stylish, pint-size hair accessories by Sweet Caroline.
A portable playhouse for the whole family, the Makai Sport Hut is a lightweight, collapsible tent that pops open right where you need shade. The hut fits a family of four and comes in bold, cheerful colors.
Bellini is a chain retailer, but the South Pasadena store is populated with friendly locals who’ll remind you how welcoming it can be to shop in a charming town.
More photos after the jump.

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Shop local: Eco-conscious furniture designs for babies and children

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Muu is a year-old eco-conscious children’s furniture company that says it won’t compromise safety, sustainability or style.

The
products, finished with non-toxic lacquers, are manufactured locally to
reduce the environmental impact of transporting them to retail stores,
according to Muu founder Robert Kwak. The wood used is certified MDF,
made of recycled wood fibers, obtained from local sources.

The furniture is designed to adapt to the child as he
or she grows.

“We really felt like there was an opportunity to create a
product that had all of the customizations to it,” Kwak said. “It’s
furniture that is designed to grow with you.”

Muu’s current line, the Sam Collection, features the Sam
Crib, that can be transformed into a toddler bed with a conversion kit.
The collection was recognized as a 2009 International Design Excellence
Award finalist among 1,600 entries worldwide.

Kwak developed the concept with the environment and safety in mind.

“We have children, and we make sure they put out a product that is safe,” he said about its manufacturers.

The Sam Collection is available at:


Stacey Wang (Photos courtesy Muu)