|With the opening of Mod + Mini Baby
Design Shoppe one year ago in Dallas,
parents with contemporary tastes in home
design and furnishings could incorporate
that sense of style into the interior design of
their children’s rooms along with the rest of
their homes. A retail store devoted to
children’s furniture, clothing, and
accessories which reflect a distinct
modernist sensibility, Mod + Mini has fast
become a destination shop in Dallas and
online for parents in search of
Modernist Design in the Nursery
“Our motto is: Parents shouldn’t have to check their style at the nursery
door,’” says Shelby Hennessee, co-owner of Mod + Mini with his wife,
Lauren. He explains that the idea for the story developed when the
Hennessees realized there was a lack of contemporary design stores
which carried children’s items.
Hennessee continued, “Lauren and I both like modern design ourselves,
and the modern loft-living trend in Dallas with young couples starting to
have children dictated the need for our store. We wanted to bring
modernist children’s items to Dallas families with modernist tastes.”
And customers from Dallas, Austin, and Houston have embraced the store
with open arms. “The reception to our store has been great,” says
Hennessee. “Our customers love our selection of items. Some people
even buy things like our wall mobiles and gliders for themselves because
the items have such a broad modernist appeal.
Diverse Backgrounds Combined to Make Mod + Mini a Success
Lauren and Shelby each brought a unique background to their new
careers as owners of Mod + Mini. Shelby, who had a bit of retail
experience from working in a picture framing shop during his college years,
worked in commercial photography on the production side for Dallas ad
agencies. Lauren had earned a degree in journalism and was working as
a paralegal while running a small legal office in town.
But when the idea for Mod + Mini struck them, the Hennessees left time
and effort to the store’s success.
The hardest step in the store’s start-up was finding suppliers which
offered items the Hennessees felt would satisfy their customer’s modern
tastes. “We’ve been fortunate to find designers who offer true
contemporary design in their work,” says Hennessee.
He points to Jonathan Adler’s furniture designs which can be easily
adapted for use in children’s rooms. He also notes three local design
companies: Cotton Monkey, which offers organic crib bedding and
hooded towels; Baby Bean, featuring vintage day wear; and F is for
Frank, a company known for its metalworks including unique door
and drawer pulls that are perfect in kid’s bedrooms.
Some of the store’s most popular items include gliders, high chairs, wall
mobiles, onesies and hooded bath towels, and screen-printed tee shirts.
Mod + Mini Items Available Online
In addition to Mod + Mini’s Dallas location at 6025 Royal Lane, Suite
114, customers can also order any of the store’s merchandise online —
a popular option which reaches customers from coast to coast.
For more information: www.modandmini.com
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