Best Maternity Store
Nine Little Months — 2 Year Winner
This shop features stylish, gently used maternity wear carefully chosen with an eye for quality and style. Why pay full price for clothes with a limited lifespan and deal with storing them after. Better to save and stay in style with each pregnancy!
Best Children’s Clothing Store
Children’s Orchard — 2 Year Winner
Neat and tidy, this kid’s resale retail option keeps the budget in check while keeping kids in style. Let the kids play as you shop, win-win.
“Children’s Orchard has great deals on clothes that your kids will grow out of so quickly that you’ll be glad you didn’t spend more!”
— Jennifer Pang
Best Boutique for Mom
Daisy Shoppe — 4 Year Winner
The boutique is in the Shops at Mission Viejo Mall and in the Nordstrom wing of Brea Mall. Its first outlet store will open in the Outlets at San Clemente in November. Daisy Shoppe sells clothes for women and babies, jewelry, handbags, home goods, and gifts. The apparel is reasonably priced and tends to be cute and feminine, featuring bright colors and some lace and ruffles.
Best Mall/Shopping Center
South Coast Plaza — 6 Year Winner
It is hard to compete with a luxury shopping center boasting over 250 boutiques. Personal shopping services and upscale amenities only add to the allure.
“Looking for something? I bet South Coast has it…”
— Stephanie Delano
Best Nanny/Babysitting Service
OC Nannies and Newport Domestic Agency — 3 Year Winner
Choosing a childcare provider is serious business. Since 1983, OC Nannies & Newport Domestics has paired Southern California families with experienced and qualified applicants for a variety of needs. Occasional care, baby and night nurses, nannies, mother’s helpers, and even doulas can be sought.
Best Independent Toy Store
Knock Knock — 2 Year Winner
For over 10 years, Knock Knock has been a neighborhood toy store with a goal of sparking imagination and providing great service (including free gift wrap!).
“Knock Knock holds a place dear to our hearts, the employees here are so much fun.! I think my husband and I enjoy going here as much as our kids do!”
— Samantha Ortiz
Best Independent Bookstore
Once Upon a Storybook — Debut Winner
Creating a love of lit starts by finding just the right book to entrance your little one. The staff at Once Upon a Storybook could write the book on just this talent, with a well-curated collection and knowledgeable team who understands kids and understands the importance of reading for pleasure.
Best Birthing Center
Hoag Hospital — 3 Year Winner
Hoag is a favorite among new parents. Caring, capable, comfortable — all crucial elements to the experience of having a baby. With 52-private rooms, the postpartum unit is a sanctuary and new parents love the policy of “non-separation” so newborns room-in with their mothers.
“HOAG Hospital in Newport Beach has the best recovery rooms facing with ocean view!”
— Carol Tsiatsios
Best Photography Studio
Michelle Sparks Photography — 4 Year Winner
Sparks, a mother of 2 young boys, knows how to make children look their best. She also takes great pictures of pregnant women, newborns, couples, and families. Clients can choose a “Shotz in a Box” setting, in which they pose in a bright, gigantic box.