Do you remember where you worked in high school or college? Did you ever dream of owning that business? Was it just a job?
For Heather Hilton, owner of Scribble-it in newton, the job she had in art school became the business she was destined to own. She worked in the store for several years, starting in 2001, until she moved to California. From across the country she kept in touch with the owners. In 2010 they called to let her know that they were closing the shop, a beloved boutique in Newton Highlands. She told them, “Hold up! Give me a month–I’ll be there!” She packed up, moved back to MA, bought the business, gave it a little face lift and re-opened the doors September 2010. I have several friends, Scribble-it aficionados, who breathed a huge sigh of relief thanks to Heather! The boutique has been a go-to for suburban parents since 1993.
Since taking over the business, Heather has made several changes to the store–she added a full-service online shopping site, embroidery services (expanding the range of items that can be monogrammed), and has expanded personalization services to items clients buy from somewhere else and bring to the store.
Looking around the store, there is something for every occasion and price point! Obviously there are plenty of baby gifts–personalized stools, bibs, blankets, hooks for coats and hats, toy bins, frames (for your Portraits by Lisa photos!), personalized birthday art, and memory boxes. Nursery coordination is easy, since you can choose the colors Heather and her staff will used to personalize your purchase. Imagine the wall letters people love to use to speel out their baby’s name painted to coordinate with the lines in the crib. There are toddler birthday presents too, such as puzzles, toy boxes, buckets, bookends, rocking horses, and wagons. And a few things for the toddler who has everything, such as a beautiful, but slightly over-the-top sets of mini-pool and patio furniture, complete with chaise lounge and umbrellas.
Teens, and kids off to summer camp are covered too–forget about name tags, just personalize their gear. Heather stocks laundry bins, pillow cases, backpacks for all ages, sleep over bags, and umbrellas. There are also party favors ideas for birthdays celebrating ages 3 to 83. And don’t forget– you can purchase your favors somewhere else and bring them to Scribble-it for a major personal touch!
Scribble-it has cool stuff for grown ups too. Lots of great teacher gifts, wedding presents, and homegoods such as plates, bulletin boards, frames, and menu boxes. Since there is embroidery in the store, so if you are visiting someone’s summer house, boat, or new home you can get some fun towels or beach blankets as a hostess gift. There are even personalized items for furry friends.
Heather is a grad of MassArt, so she takes pride in creating unique designs and pushing things creatively. Although the store has some often-used motifs to suggest, you can choose your own color palette, opt for a custom illustration, or request designs that incorporate your children’s favorite things.
A trip to Scribble-it makes your head swirl with all the possibilities. The store is nicely organized in sections that let you look at the merchandise with plenty of personalized samples. And by the register you can check out all of the beautifully wrapped finished products. When you order something from Scribble-it–in Newton or online–you pick it up (or have it shipped) wrapped beautifully, highlighting your impressive gift. And you can be sure that it’s going to look great!
Scribble-it is at 50 Winchester Street, Newton Highlands, MA, 617-964-9897 or online here. As always, I encourage you to buy locally and support independent businesses. If you know of a local, independent resource that you think we should profile, please feel free drop me a line!