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The village of Franklin’s got a new child to love.

Love Child, the darling of local fashionista moms and their broods, has broadened its horizons (and square footage) with a brand-new boutique in Franklin.

Sisters Michelle Bone and Erica Hunt teamed up with friend Lauren Slutsky (all moms of two kids each) in 2009 to open the original incarnation of Love Child, a super-hip, high-end and child-friendly kids’ boutique in Royal Oak. Slutsky, the shop’s buyer, has trained her eye on scouting out unique and funky clothing, shoes, jewelry and gift items for infants through tweens from designers across the country.

The responses her finds have received are overwhelming. “We have a very loyal and enthusiastic customer base,” says Bone. In addition, the shop places a high priority on customer service, posting new shipments almost daily on their Facebook page, and ready to grab a size from an online request — often even making deliveries to valued customers.

“We were ready to take it to the next level,” says Bone. “We were outgrowing our old space and have been adding toys and tween items, and Franklin felt like a good fit for us. The community has been tremendously welcoming.”

Increasing in space from 650 square feet to 1,000, the new shop, whose doors opened in late-September, offers plenty of room for favorite brands like Appaman, Pink Chicken, T2Love, Joe’s Jeans, Vintage Havana and more up to size 16 for girls and 10-12 for boys, while filling up with new finds, including baby and kids’ toys from eBoo and Alex and wordy little necklaces from 100% Gumdrop.

“Our customers are really excited for us, so we look forward to seeing lots of familiar faces, along with making some new friends,” says Bone. “There’s no other kids’ clothing store in this area, so we’re excited to make our mark. We want it to be a one-stop, pick up a birthday present and get some clothes for the kids shop. Everything under one roof. And now we have more room to do it.”

Love Child, 32744 Franklin Road, Franklin (248-757-2948; facebook.com/lovechildkids).


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