Inspiration for its name came from a nursery rhyme, growing into the first business that Laura Parkins has owned.
Beanstalk & Co. LLC has opened in the former home of Mossman Music, 140 S. Washington St. Parkins is part of the extended family that owned and operated ABC Reruns at 126 S. Washington St.; when the previous owner wished to make a change, Parkins was ready to take on the responsibility.
"I helped tag clothes from time to time," she said. "I always told her that if she was ready for a change, let me know. Then opportunity knocked this summer, and I decided to do it."
Parkins said she officially took over the business Oct. 1 and spent the first week in the moving process.
Being close to the original location helped quite a bit, allowing them to literally walk merchandise down the street, Parkins said.
"We did the move in two days," she said. "All of the response we have received from customers has been very positive."
Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m-5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and closed Sunday and Monday.
"The main reason was to make it my own," Parkins said of the move to the former music store location. "The other was to expand the store with better lighting and to expand the Calvert section."
The store is to continue to be the parochial school system's uniform supplier.
Beanstalk & Co. is offering students' families a 20-percent discount coupon that expires Dec. 23.
"It's to let everyone know that we are here, and we would like to expand some of the spirit wear and expand the Calvert section."
"It's rearranged differently, the merchandising to make good use of the walls," she said. "We've used every square foot we could in here."
Parkins said the store always is looking for baby and toddler equipment such as cribs, toddler beds and pack and plays.
"We are currently taking fall and winter clothes, but even during those weeks we don't accept clothing, we will take equipment such as strollers and such," Parkins said. She also noted winter coats, snowpants and boots are "going like hotcakes."
"I would like to get play groups in here," she said. "And it feels roomier, so I can separate the boys from the girls clothes, which is huge, because they used to be all mixed up."
Parkins said she felt the name, from the nursery rhyme "Jack and the Beanstalk," would lend itself to other child-related offerings at the store. Play groups and times for child-centered activities, such as a Molly Me or Dino Days groups, are what she has in mind. She said she also would like to expand her merchandise to include new items.
"I would like to get a niche of brand-new items, for someone looking for a really neat gift," she said. "That is probably a year or so down the road, though."
Parkins is anticipating holiday shoppers, with Christmas tunes wafting through the store and lots of toys as well as holiday themed videos on hand.
"We do have people buying Christmas gifts, and the toys are like new," she said. "We don't take them unless they have all of their parts and are in good working condition. We also have a couple of PlayStations and video games. People are buying those as Christmas gifts as well."
She said she also has American Girl doll clothes on hand for the little girls on the shopping list.