Best Kids' Clothes and Flower Boutique: Hip duds and blossoms for little darlings
Ruby's Garden Kidwear & Flower Shop
It's no secret that Oakland's Temescal District is on the up-and-up, and Ruby's Garden Kidwear and Flower Shop is part of the neighborhood's new appeal. Owners and longtime residents Mary Prince and Mae Chan Frey take pride in offering not only locally grown fresh flowers in arrangements that range from the traditional to the eclectic but also kids' clothing and gifts for ages newborn to six, all made by local ethics-conscious designers whose products fit the artsy Temescal aesthetic (babyGap doesn't necessarily cut it). With your purchase, choose from a variety of free gift-wrap options if you come in on a Thursday morning, you just might score a scone and a cup of tea as well. Prince and Chan Frey hold special events on the cozy patio, which have included casual family portrait sessions and minimassages (with local photographers and massage therapists), and crafts for families. At Ruby's Garden, Prince and Chan Frey are helping to grow a beautiful community.