Best New Retail Store

Coo Baby

If you feel like your world is being overrun by babies, you might be right. After all, this is Missoula, where kids only seem to be outnumbered by dogs. That’s probably why a place like Coo Baby wins this category. The new downtown store offers a Zen-like feeling that counteracts the chaos of parenthood. Head inside the Higgins Avenue shop and you’ll find books, clothing, sleepwear, skincare, art supplies and bathing and diaper supplies, all handpicked and organized to create a hip, functional atmosphere. After hanging out in there a while it becomes less clear what you need and what you want. Crib sheets: Need. A onesie with a screenprint of Michael Jackson: Uh, need. Duh. Coo Baby: 311 N Higgins Ave, 926-1990,

  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters

Finalists, Best New Retail Store

2. Olive + Iron: 806 W. Spruce, 698-9905,

3. Imagination Station: 227 N. Higgins Ave, 926-3325,


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