is a month long celebration of independent business in Redlands, CA. It is the uniqueness of these shops and the dedication of all who work in them that characterizes the spirit of the Shop Local and Shop Small movements Our goal for this project is to show our support for our local businesses, with a literary twist!
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Literary photo bomb! Each day in August, The Frugal Frigate will be celebrating an independent business in Downtown Redlands, CA with a corresponding book with the social media hashtag #indiebomb. To kick things off, we have Monica, owner of Fleur de Lis Gift & Home on State Street. Our pick for Fleur de Lis is the Danielle Steel picture book, Pretty Minnie in Paris, Inspired by the adorable adventures of #1 “New York Times”-bestselling author Steel’s own teacup Chihuahua, this charming picture book tells the stylish, “ooh la la” tale of a fashionable Parisian pup out on the town.
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Day 2 of our month long #indiebomb celebration of Downtown Redlands businesses is, The Gourmet Pizza Shoppe! The Frugal Frigate knows The Gourmet quite well, as we often go there for secret pizza parties of our own.
In Secret Pizza Party, an animal foodie shows just how far he will go to get his favorite meal. This screwball of a story will leave readers hankering for a slice.
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Continuing our celebration of Downtown Redlands,#indiebomb #3 is… Oscars Mexican Restaurant! Oscar’s holds the distinction of being the oldest restaurant in downtown Redlands. We recommend the tacos. You know who else loves tacos? Dragons. Dragons Love Tacos is an unforgettable, laugh-until-salsa-comes-ou
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Day 4 of our literary #indiebomb of Downtown Redlands businesses is… Mozart’s! In a city full of goods for your home and lobbies for your hobbies, there is still only one prolific and influential composer. The Composer is Dead? Hardly.
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Day 5 of #indiebomb, the literary social media campaign that celebrates independent business. As parents, we understand the need to have the latest in baby tech and keeping our kids hip to the latest fashions. That’s why we love Kissui Baby & Children! But, in spite of all we do, someday they will grow up to know everything, and we just won’t be cool anymore.
Kids Are Weird.
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#indiebomb day 6! Here in Redlands, we are accustomed to the finer things in life, and ice cream is no exception. So let’s face it, à la minute has THE BEST D&MN ICE CREAM EVER! With all natural, locally sourced ingredients, only one question remains; Should I Share My Ice Cream?
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#indiebomb day 7, the Downtown Redlands celebration continues with Augie’s!
We live in Redlands, we work in Redlands, we play in Redlands. We drink local coffee. We are parents, business owners, educators, artists, cyclists, musicians, bankers, booksellers, jewellers, chefs, hairdressers, entrepreneurs…. and just how do we do it day after day? Well, it’s all Because of a Cup of Coffee every day from Augie’s Coffee House.
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#indiebomb day 8… Crackerjacks Redlands.
What Do You Do With an Idea? is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.
This is a story for anyone, at any age, who’s ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It’s a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s just getting started. And it begins at Crackerjacks.
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#indiebomb day 9! Nectar Clothing specializes in fresh & fashionable women’s clothing at a sweet price. Breezy in style, I Had a Favorite Dress smartly stitches each scene of alteration as the not-so-little girl sashays through the days of the week and the seasons. The book, like Nectar Clothing, speaks to young fashionistas with creativity and style.
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#indiebomb day 10 is… Katz Alley! In Pete the Cat, Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete discovers all sorts of cool places. And the place for the grooviest tunes in Redlands is Katz Alley. But no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song–because it’s all good.
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#indiebomb day 11… INNER EVOLUTION YOGA! IEY believes the practice of yoga can give all of us new tools for life: tools to relieve stress, regain strength, and to revive oneself. The Good Night Yoga bedtime story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to end the day in a calming, mindful way. Turn the page and stretch like a tree, settle softly like a ladybug, float like a cloud, and you’ll be dreaming soon.
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#indiebomb day 12… Rubie Tuesday’s Boutique is an upscale resale and boutique for women & kids. Just like this tres chic boutique, at Fancy Nancy’s Fabulous Fashion Boutique you can find the fanciest almost-new outfits, accessories, jewelry, and lots more. Sometimes you just need a little improvising to be this fancy!
Ooh la la!
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#indiebomb day 13… Jax Toys is a specialty toy store which carries more niche items and forgoes toys that can be found in big box stores. With so many imaginative and educational toys and games to choose from, you can never have Too Many Toys!
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#indiebomb day 14, celebrating Redlands independent business! The Living Root Cellar serves raw, vegan, locally grown breakfast foods, superfood smoothies, and cold pressed juices for your enjoyment and health.
Real. Raw. Veggies. But we put our Vegetables in Underwear to keep this indiebomb G rated.
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#indiebomb day 15! Like Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Parliament Chocolate has brought something new and exciting to the chocolate world. Fortunately for Redlands, a Golden Ticket is not required to step inside the gates of this chocolate factory!
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#indiebomb day 16! Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. But one night after Girl Scouts she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth, and what follows is a long and frustrating journey with on-again, off-again braces, surgery, embarrassing headgear, and even a retainer with fake teeth attached. Luckily, she went to Paulson Orthodontics. Now Raina can’t help but Smile!
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#indiebomb day 17! Boot and Shoe are dogs that live in the same house, eat from the same bowl, and sleep in the same bed but spend their days on separate porches until a squirrel mixes things up. This book has nothing to do with Redlands Boot & Shoe Repair, but we just couldn’t resist! Laugh with us!
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#indiebomb day 18. The State Redlands. WE KNOW The State on State is the ultimate for great whiskey. And Tequila Mockingbird is the ultimate cocktail book for the literary obsessed. Our favorite recipes include Rye and Prejudice, Gin Eyre and One Hundred Beers of Solitude. Even if you don’t have a B.A. in English, tonight you’re gonna drink like you do.
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#indiebomb day 19! … Bear doesn’t feel well. He sniffles and he sneezes. He cannot sleep. He aches all over. Worst of all, he’s feeling too poorly to play with his friends. Whenever my Bear Feels Sick, I’m thankful to have the great doctors at Garden Pediatrics there to help make my little cubs feel better!
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#indiebomb day 21! If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably ask you for a straw… If you give THIS mouse ANYTHING from Martha Green’s
Dough’Lectibles there WILL be consequences…like a happy tummy a smile!
#indiebomb day 22 is… Emerson & Farrar Fine Jewelry. In One Bright Ring, a girl sees a man drop the ring he means to use to propose to his girlfriend. The little girl tries to give it back to him, but things keep getting in her way! Follow this brave girl and count the obstacles she overcomes in her adventure to return the ring to its owner. She catches up to him just as he realizes he doesn’t have the ring anymore . . . so she drops it in just the right place for him to find it.
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#indiebomb day 23! Corduroy, a toy bear in a department store, wants a number of things. But when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all. Star Tulip Stuffies House of Fine Stuffed Animals has the most awesome selection of realistic and whimsical plush animals and magical creatures just waiting to be taken home!
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#indiebomb day 24! Stewart’s parents think he needs a haircut but he refuses, until it grows so long that it interferes with his favorite activity. When my kids hear me shout, “This Monster Needs a Haircut!”, it’s Patio Barber Shop time.
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#indiebomb day 25 features special guest and friend of The Frugal Frigate; Indie! Both Indie (haha, Indie-Bomb) and I agree that Sweet Memories Candy & Toys reigns supreme in The Candy Shop War. Happy to see Indie is learning the importance of shopping local, independent stores at such a young age!