When Bonnie Southwick became an empty nester, she saw that Monkey Barrel, a local children’s store, was closing. After 21 years, owners Dina and Roger Martin were ready to retire. Monkey Barrel had been Bonnie’s favorite store. “My children grew up in that store,” laughs Bonnie. “My husband, Rob, and I approached them about buying the business, and we took over in January. It was meant to be!”
Monkey Barrel carries clothing for children from babies to size 14/16 for both boys and girls. Some of their quality brands include Hatley, Bailey Boys, and Kissy Kissy. They also carry a selection of accessories like sandals, sunhats, and baby jewelry, along with educational toys from BlueOrange, Fat Brain, Playmobil, and Gamewright/Brainwright.
Bonnie has expanded their line of baby items, and says baby showers and gender reveal parties have become a hot, new trend for expectant couples. “We make up special gift bags depending upon the gender, and we also carry lots of gifts for showers and christenings,” she says. “We offer gift wrapping, and shipping to anywhere in the U.S.” Bonnie believes Monkey Barrel’s success is due to the fun atmosphere and quality merchandise. “Families love coming into the store,” she says. “The kids head straight to the toys, the parents shop for clothes and gifts, and everyone is happy!” Monkey Barrel is located at 95 Amelia Village Circle at The Shops at Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. For more information, call (904) 310-9463 or visit their Facebook page.