December 30, 2010

"Spooky and Kooky"

The Salem Community Arts Center has created an adorable 2011 calendar that features a collection of whimsical images created by Salem artist Richard “The Hammer” Flynn. “Spooky and Kooky” is a unique fundraising calendar that can be purchased for $1. which will help the committee toward the purchase of St. Mary’s Italian Church in Salem and the subsequent creation of a Salem Community Art Center (SCAC).

Available for purchase at CGB (among other great local shops), all the proceeds will go directly to SCAC.

December 28, 2010

New Product: Bamboosa Snowflake Onesie


Check out this new snowflake onesie, made by Bamboosa!

This super-soft lap shouldered onesie makes dressing baby so easy as it pulls softly over baby's head without tugging. Plus it's comfortable and well fitting made from a blend of naturally thermal regulating. Plus - We've got matching caps!

Stop by the shop, or pick up yours here.

December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays 2010

Jennie and Amy of Crunchy Granola Baby wish you all a happy holiday season!

(And thanks to Tabitha Sherrell for these hilariously entertaining photos...Check out more of of her work here.)

December 23, 2010

Last Minute Gift Idea


Running a little behind on finding a gift for the new baby in your life?

CGB's got you covered. Our new gift set contains One Badger Baby Balm 2oz, and One Organic Cotton Onesie from Under the Nile. Plus - it comes in a reusable, natural cotton mesh bag featuring a tag with original Badger art!

It's a simple, elegant way to treat the ones you love to the best stuff for their skin!

Get yours now.

December 21, 2010

Holiday Hours 2010

CGB is thrilled that the 2010 holiday season is upon us. We look forward to spending time with you, our customers, and our families. So please note the holiday hours below:
  • Christmas Eve: 10AM - 3PM
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Years Eve: 12PM-3pm
  • New Years Day: 12PM-5PM
  • *And don't forget that CGB is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for the brisk winter months, but you can always shop online www.crunchygranolababy.com

December 18, 2010

Video Snapshot of Salem Open Studios



Snapshots from Salem Art Association's Open Studios last Saturday, via Salem Patch.

December 16, 2010

Babywearing Demo

Do you want to learn how to wear your baby, but you want some guidance? On Saturday, December 18, Vickie Dawson will demonstrate how to use a tie wrap.

Other carriers being shown, Taylor Made Ring Sling, Little Star Pouch and the Action and Ergo Baby Carriers. If you already have your baby wearing gear, bring it with you!

Space is limited so please call to let us know you are coming. All participants will recieve 10% off any babywearing product during the demo.

Curious why you should wear your baby? Click here to learn why.

December 14, 2010

Gift Ideas (via Patch)


Looking for some cool gift ideas for the kids in your life? Well of course CGB can help! But so can Salem Patch, a new website about Salem run by professional editors, writers, photographers and videographers.

In a recent article, Patch highlights some great gift ideas like a sock monkey from MonkeyShines Studio (available at CGB), "A Walk Through Salem" storybook (also available at CGB), and Sophie the Giraffe (at Hip Baby Gear). Check out the full list here.

And if you really want help picking out a fun and unique gift for the crunchy granola baby in your life, stop CGB and let Jennie, Amy or Jess help you out!

December 12, 2010

Three Hour, Learn Everything, Breastfeeding Class

On Monday, December 13, CGB is proud to host our Three Hour, Learn Everything, Breastfeeding Class. You can learn to avoid breastfeeding obstacles now rather than try to over come difficulties later. You will learn:
  • Milk production
  • Feeding cues
  • Baby led latch
  • The golden hour
  • Establishing a good milk supply
  • Hospitals & the hidden obstacles
  • What to expect
  • Getting more sleep
  • What dad can do
  • Shower gifts and gadgets
  • How to bottle feed a breast fed baby
  • Friends & Foes
  • Avoiding post partum depression
  • Solids & Weaning
  • Finding your tribe
Learn more, including how to register, here.

December 11, 2010

Deals, Deals, Deals

Sure, the fantastic Holiday Shopping Event is long gone. But the Boston Globe recently highlighted some "Bargain Bin" deals, which mentioned the Event and CGB ... plus our gals at Modern Millie and J.Mode). We're honored! So go ahead, read the article here!

*And don't worry - We've still got some sweet holiday deals happening!Check out our 50% off rack, spend just $100 on a Once Crunched organic mattress, save 50% on Naturepedic sheets, and more!

December 8, 2010

Parent's United Annual Coat Drive

Parent's United has organized their Coat Drive once again. Receive 20% off any item when you drop off winter gear at Crunchy Granola Baby.

Donations are dropped off to local families in need. Other drop off locations are Mighty Aphrodite (244 Essex Street), and the Salem YMCA (One Sewell Street) now through February.

Bamboosa is Back!


All your favorite Bamboosa products are back! Swing by the shop and stock up on hooded towels, crib sheets, socks, hats and blankets! Or shop online!

December 7, 2010

Twitter Tuesday!

Sure, we're closed on Tuesdays. But you can still be part of the CGB family! Head on over to Facebook or Twitter and take part in Twitter Tuesday!

Just tune into CGB on Facebook or Twitter and answer our weekly question. Maybe we'll ask about your holidays, or your favorite game. Perhaps we're curious what your favorite food is, or whether your son/daughter enjoys gardening.

Answer the question and your automatically receive a chance to win a prize! At the end of the day, we'll randomly choose one winner from all the answers and send a great CGB product to the winner.

It's easy, fun and you could win some great crunchy swag.

*PS: How much do you love Marek Sotak's Human Twitter Icon? Adorable!

December 4, 2010

Holiday Shopping Event: Thursday, December 9

Celebrate the holidays in Salem with all your favorite local shops! We're staying open late on December 9 so you can enjoy a leisurely and lovely holiday stroll along Washington and Church Streets.

Participating shops include: Crunchy Granola Baby, Salem Cycle, Red Lion Smoke Shop, Salem Wine Imports, Milk & Honey, Hip Baby Gear, Penelope's Pet Boutique, Modern Millie, Urban Elements, Mud Puddle Toys, Coon's, Rockafellas, Mighty... Aphrodite, Roost, The Beehive, Laura Lanes, J. Mode and Treasures Over Time.

We'll have treats, discounts and all shoppers will be entered into a drawing to win a terrific prize. Learn more about this event here.

What Else?

- Crunchy Granola Baby is offering 15% off storewide, plus hot chocolate, yummy organic treats and mini photo sessions with Sherrell Photography.

- Salem Wine Imports will host a free wine tasting, with extra discounts available on sample wines.

- Salem Cycle is offering 20% off any non-sale, in-stock item.

- Milk and Honey will be serving lots of cheese and crackers and other tasty samples to keep you nourished while you shop, plus 15% off storewide.

-Modern Millie Vintage & Consignments will be offering a discount of 15% off a purchase up to $99 and 20% off a purchase of $100 or more.

- Treasures Over Time will be providinghot apple cider, plus a free holiday ornament with all purchases over $25.00.

- Mighty Aphrodite Maternity Consignment is offering 20% off the entire inventory, and the chance to win a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind keepsake locket from ladedah.

-Laura Lanes Skin Care is offering 10% off all full price skin care and make-up, plus herbal tea and cookies.

- And don't forget when you shop at Urban Elements, 5% of December's sales will be donated to the Northeast Animal Shelter.

November 30, 2010

Eco- Kids Ornament Kits


A whole lot of Eco-Kids art activities came in! More finger paints, eco-dough, and now an eco-friendly art pad to create on!

And brand new for Christmas, the Eco-Ornament kit:
2 paper mache ornaments (star & globe), set of 8 paints, 1 detail and 1 regular paintbrush

Paint is handmade using rice flour, water, sugar, citric acid, corn starch, corn syrup, zinc oxide, potassium sorbate, rosemary oil, soy lecithin, kaolin clay and natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts .

All this from an eco-conscience family owned business in Maine!




November 28, 2010

Salem Community Arts Calendar



Support our Local Arts Center by purchasing Richard Flynn's Spooky Kooky 2011 Calendar.

Makes a great Holiday gift!


Many reasons to buy Richard Flynn’s Spooky & Kooky 2011 Calendar!

Here are a few:1) All proceeds benefit SCAC

2) It makes a great Holiday gift

3) It’ll give you 12 months of smiles

4) In addition to counting the days it makes the hippest coloring book ever.


Buy your copy at the following locations starting November 22: CinemaSalem; Coven Cafe; Crunchy Granola Baby; Front Street Cafe; Harrison’s; Hip Baby Gear; J-Mode; Modern Millie; Picklepot; Salem Cycle; Treasures Over Time; Urban Elements and Witch’s T’s
We’ll also be selling them in December at Historic Salem’s Christmas Walk and Salem Arts Association’s Open Studios Tour.

November 27, 2010

Kaya's Kloset


More soft shoes in from local mom business Kaya's Kloset!
We have a great selection of organic and non-organic designs.

November 26, 2010

More Monkeys


Just in . . . 2 troops of monkeys. The new Gaia Troop, made from recycled cotton, meet Pagan, Memo, Lotus and their friends. We have some old timers in from the original Beantown Troop.

Perfect little monkeys a top a stocking!

All infant friendly and made locally!

November 24, 2010

Promotions! Promotions! Promotions!!


Receive 15% off all purchases (including sale items!) Friday, Saturday and Sunday! Get your Holiday gifts this weekend and save big! (and we have tons of new inventory, Baby Legs, Eco-art ornament kits, and more!)

This just in from Mayor Driscoll:

As the holiday season approaches, the City is encouraging residents to shop locally and support the local business community. Today, I proclaimed the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following Thanksgiving “Local Business Weekend” to remind shoppers of the many shopping options in Salem and, to celebrate the City is offerin...g FREE parking in our two garages and at the Church Street lot. So get an early start on your holiday shopping and support our local economy at the same time!

Black Friday Promotions!

On Black Friday 62 Restaurant & Wine Bar is offering free apps to anyone who can produce a receipt of $35.00 or more from a small boutique, shop, gallery, or any other small business located in Salem.

Thank you 62!!

Small Business Saturday!

A day to come together in support of the small businesses we love.
The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.
That day is November 27, 2010—the first-ever Small Business SaturdaySM.
Join the movement, spread the word.
Be sure to become FB fans @ http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday?ref=ts&v=app_165267296827487



Exciting stuff going on all around town!
Shop and dine local!!





November 22, 2010

Salem's Green Business Challenge


Last week, winners of Salem’s first annual Green Business Challenge were announced during a ceremony at Old Town Hall. The program was designed to promote sound environmental “green” practices and acknowledge companies currently incorporating strategies to reduce their environmental footprint.

The winners are:
Category One (1 owner-employee)

Best in Class: Green Tea Yoga
Honorable Mention: Acupuncture Center of Salem; Kim Indresano Photography

Category Two (1 to 5 employees)

Best in Class: Crunchy Granola Baby
Honorable Mention: The Phillips House/Historic New England; Salem Sound Coastwatch

Category Three (6 to 50 employees)

Best in Class: Armstrong Field Real Estate
Honorable Mention: Joe Green Home Solutions; Merchant Consulting Group

Category Four (over 51 employees)

Best in Class: Salem State University
Honorable Mention: Crosby’ Marketplace; Bioengineering Group



We are very excited to have won Salem's Green Business Challenge. It makes what we work so hard at even more rewarding and it gives other businesses a chance to show their commitment to the environment.



Congratulations to all the winners and to all 49 Salem businesses who took the challenge.

I am so proud to be living in a City with such an astounding focus on Green living!
Thank you!!

November 18, 2010

Parents United Coat Drive and Adopted Family



Parents United of Salem is once again organizing a coat, scarf and hat drive for infants, toddlers and kids.

Please drop off items at Crunchy Granola Baby at 72 Washington Street or Mighty Aphrodite Maternity Consignment at 244 Essex Street from NOW until February 1st.

If you have any questions, or would like your items to picked up please contact Melissa Wilson at mailto:melzwilson@hotmail.com?subject=HAWC%20Back-to-School%20Drive

We Have a New Adopted Family!

As the Holidays quickly approach, Parents United of Salem needs your help. This will be the 4th year that Parents United of Salem has adopted a family for the Holidays. Every year the generosity of our community continues to surpass our expectations. Last year we were even able to provide a Christmas Holiday to two families in need!

During this time, we provide our adopted family with a full Thanksgiving Meal and we also work together to provide them with an entire Christmas Holiday! We know that by working together and everyone giving a little we have made a significant impact on the Holidays for families that really need it.

If interested in helping, please specify if you are interested in donating:
  • a meal item (specify Thanksgiving, Christmas or both)
  • a Christmas wish list item
  • a Christmas tree
  • a monetary donation
Please contact Melissa Wilson at melzwilson@hotmail.com or via Facebook (Melissa Drewenski Wilson). Please feel free to call her as well with additional questions at 978-968-4888.

November 14, 2010

Medicine CAbinet Makeover


Our friends at New Harmony Wellness in Beverly are having a Medicine Cabinet Makeover event.

MEDICINE CABINET MAKEOVER
Your Guide to Home-Based Health Care

When: Saturday, November 20, 10am
Where: New Harmony Center for Health & Wellness 7 Thorndike St Beverly
Cost: Free! RSVP to New Harmony
Our ultimate goal at New Harmony is to give YOU the tools necessary to maintain your health and wellbeing. Come to a free class at New Harmony Center for Health and Wellness on Saturday, November 20 at 10AM, and learn what you can do to keep yourself and your family strong a sprightly this winter!
Participants will learn how to use professional-grade Chinese herbal medicines for the first signs of sore throat, head cold, allergy and flu symptoms. Better still, we will also discuss immune-supportive formulas to prevent illness as well. Preventative self-care is the best healthcare!
Healthy Medicine Cabinet kits will be available for purchase at a reduced rate for participants.

RSVP with Melissa at 978-922-3030 or Healing@newharmonywellness.com

November 13, 2010

Babywearing Demo

On Saturday, November 20, Vickie Dawson, mother of 3, will demonstrate how to use a tie wrap during our Babywearing Demo.

Other carriers being shown, Taylor Made Ring Sling, Little Star Pouch and the Action and Ergo Baby Carriers.

If you already have your babywearing gear, bring it with you!If you don't, all participants will receive 10% off any baby wearing product during the demo.

Space is limited so please call to let us know you are coming.

November 12, 2010

Participate in Study on Rapid Rise in Cesarean Rate

We are happy to help out Alice Kaufman with her research for the study she is conducting. All the information is below:


Dear all,
My name is Alice Kaufman, and I'm currently a senior at Smith College. I'm working on a thesis project studying cultural causes andexplanations for recent and rapid rises in the cesarean rate in theUnited States, particularly in New England. I am distributing surveys topeople who are involved with pregnancy, labor and birth as caregivers,medical providers and recipients. I am hoping to collect a diverserange of opinions on the topic, as I believe that a cross section ofbeliefs and practices from all facets of society will shed light on thecultural forces surrounding birth. If you live in New England and are currently pregnant, I would reallyappreciate it if you would take part inmy study by filling out my survey for women who are currently pregnant. If you are not currently pregnant but are involved in pregancy and birthas an OB/GYN or a midwife, I invite you to take my survey for healthcare providers. Both surveys are online and anyone who lives in NewEngland and falls into one of the groups listed above is welcome to takethem at any point. The links are as follows: survey for health care providers:http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=HJDLNI_4c86493b survey for currently pregnant women:http://www.kwiksurveys.com/online-survey.php?surveyID=HJDJLM_7d509312 If you would prefer to fill out paper copies of the surveys please letme know and I'd be happy to mail one to you. Participation in thesurvey is completely voluntary, and I will maintain strictconfidentiality so as to protect anyone who chooses to participate fromcoming to any emotional or social harm as a result. The surveys and theprocedure used to administer them have been reviewed and approved by theInstitutional Review Board at Smith College. If you have any question about my research or would like to talk with mefor any reason, please e-mail me at akaufman @smith.edu and I would behappy to discuss my work with you. I greatly appreciate your interestin my research. I believe that shedding light on the cultural forcessurrounding birth in our culture is important to maintaining andimproving the comfort and health of women and babies. Your assistancewould significantly aid my research and my analysis of this topic.
Thank you for your time,
Alice Kaufman
Smith College
Phone: (617) 791-0218 (617) 791-0218
E-mail: AKaufman@Smith.edu

November 11, 2010

Winter Hours

CGB is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The rest of our hours are the same:
  • Sunday: Noon to 4PM
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10AM to 6PM
  • Thursday: 10AM to 7PM (Parenting group for toddlers starts at 10AM)
  • Friday: 10AM to 7PM (Parenting group for newborns to crawling starts at 10AM)
  • Saturday: 10AM to 6PM
And don't forget to check our calendar for a full list of upcoming events, workshops, seminars and more.

November 9, 2010

Winter 2010- 2011 CSA


It's that time again. We look forward to the winter CSA (community supported agriculture) shares starting up! Citrus Shares will be available this season, details TBA


Details:

  • The season runs for 13 weeks, starting the week after Thanksgiving. There will be no delivery the week of December 27th or February 21st.
  • Full Winter Share is $585
  • Half Winter Shares $415
  • 1 dozen Eggs is $78
  • 1/2 Dozen Eggs is $39

*Monthly payment plans are available for those purchasing 3 or more seasons, contact the farm directly for details.


Want To Become A ShareHolder?

  • Register at Crunchy Granola Baby as soon as possible, Print out a registration form at Heaven's Harvest Farm site no later than Nov. 27.
  • Checks should be made out to Heavens Harvest Farm and dropped off (or mailed) to Crunchy Granola Baby. Please include: Name, Address, Phone and Email.

Questions? Contact CGB at 978.741.0800 or crunchygranolababy@verizon.ne

November 8, 2010

November Promotion: Little Beetle Diapers

Little Beetle Velour Diapers (Size 2 and 3) are 30% off throughout the month of November!

So why cloth diaper? A few simple reasons:

  • A typical disposable diaper takes up to 500 years to decompose and an estimated 27.4 billion diapers are used each year in the U.S. In contrast, cloth diapers can be reused over 200 times before they need to be turned into rags, which can then be used indefinitely.
  • The average baby uses about 6,000 diapers throughout the first two years of life. At a typical cost of 25 cents per disposable diaper, parents can expect to pay around $66 per month (or $1600 per year) on disposable diapers. In contrast, using cloth diapers tends to cost between $300 and $1000.
  • Disposable diapers contain traces of Dioxin, an extremely toxic by-product of the paper-bleaching process. It is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. Additionally, disposable diapers contain sodium polyacrylate, a type of super absorbent polymer (SAP), which becomes a gel-like substance when wet. A similar substance had been used in super-absorbency tampons until the early 1980s when it was revealed that the material increased the risk of toxic shock syndrome.

November 5, 2010

Celebrating Green in Salem!

Crunchy Granola Baby wins Best in Class Green Salem Business Challenge 2010 Charter Program!

These Green Salem Business Challenge winners were chosen for “Best in Class” or “Honorable Mention” by distinguishing themselves as the greenest in their respective size classes. Winners were chosen by a panel consisting of members of the sponsoring organizations.

Awards will be presented by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Salem Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rinus Oosthoek at a ceremony at Salem Old Town Hall in Derby Square on Thursday, November 18th at 2pm. The honorees by category are as follows:

Category One (1 owner-employee)
Best in Class: Green Tea Yoga
Honorable Mention: Acupuncture Center of Salem; Kim Indresano Photography

Category Two (1 to 5 employees)
Best in Class: Crunchy Granola Baby
Honorable Mention: The Phillips House/Historic New England; Salem Sound Coastwatch

Category Three (6 to 50 employees)
Best in Class: Armstrong Field Real Estate
Honorable Mention: Joe Green Home Solutions; Merchant Consulting Group

Category Four (over 51 employees)
Best in Class: Salem State University
Honorable Mention: Crosby’ Marketplace; Bioengineering Group

Congratulations to all the wonderful businesses who work to be green!

November 4, 2010

Wear your baby in comfort and style!

We are so very excited to be carrying the Gypsy Mama Wrapsody baby carriers! CGB has two different styles to choose from: the Bali Breeze and the Bali Stretch. Different sizes are available in the Bali Breeze, and both have funky, eye-catching patterns for both Mom and Dad! Did I mention this company is local? Based in Southern, Maine!
More about Gypsy Mama from the founder, Kristi

"Gypsy Mama was born of my desire to promote attachment parenting in all its aspects. Babywearing is the keystone of my own parenting; it has helped me evolve into the mother I've become, and
I want to help other families find the joy babywearing can bring to their lives! What began, in 2004, as a kitchen table business (me, sewing and decorating wraps at my kitchen table and dyeing them in my bathtub) has become an international microbusiness. In 2006, as a then-single mother, I was able to buy a home with an attached carriage house/barn -- with help from friends and family, it was quickly renovated and became a 600 square foot office/warehouse space for the business. It's been such a beautiful journey, learning and growing with this company, and such a joy to be working from home and watching my children grow."

Instructional DVDs are also available with these wraps.

Also, don't miss our Babywearing Demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 20!


October 30, 2010

Bugworks!

We had an amazing time with Bugworks this morning! A big thanks to Maire Anne for bringing a diverse selection of bugs ... and then teaching us all about them!




October 29, 2010

Halloween Weekend! In Salem!

Celebrate Halloween weekend in Salem with CGB! We've got Bugworks on Saturday and our Annual Halloween Party on Sunday!



Bugworks is an educational company that specializes in exciting science enrichment programs featuring live insects and other arthropods. This half-hour program, designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5, features fun, safe bugs that reinforce concepts such as size, shape and color. The children can learn by looking, touching or both! And did we mention that this event is FREE? But register soon - space is limited to 15 kids. Call 978.741.0800 to save your spot now! (Learn more about Bugworks at
www.bugworks.net)



Join CGB for our Annual Halloween Party from 1 to 3PM on Sunday and enjoy yummy organic treats, great games, and tons of fun! All babes and toddlers in costume will be entered into our raffle!

October 27, 2010

New Product: TXAI Organics

CGB is thrilled to carry terry hoodies and adorable dresses from TXAI organics. These 100% cotton outfits are made in the USA and feature a special hand dye and print process.

Seriously, how cute?! (We've got pink too!)



October 25, 2010

The Lyceum Halloween Costume Brunch for Kids

Celebrate Halloween upstairs at the Lyceum on Sunday, October 31 from 11AM to 2PM. This event also features entertainment by the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and Alice, goodie bags for all kids (no candy) and prizes for best costumes. Plus:


- Wicked Good Buffet Brunch 11:00am to12:30pm

- Games, Prizes and Surprises: 11:00pm to 1:30pm

  • - Costume Awards Ceremony 1:00pm to1:30pm
Brunch is $10.95 for kids 4 to 12 (under 4 are free) and $21.95 for adults. Please call 978-745-7665 for reservations (before Friday, October 29). A portion of all proceeds to benefit NortheastArc. Generous donations provided by:Hip Baby Gear, Mud Puddle Toys, Crunchy Granola Baby, and Ben and Jerry's.




October 21, 2010

Sibling Preparation for the Birth of their Sibling

On Saturday, October 23 CGB will be hosting a sibling preparation class with Nechama Wildanah, CPM, midwife, and women's health educator. This one day workshop for parents and their children is designed to familiarize kids with the sights and sounds of natural birth, so that they feel confident and prepared when the big day comes.


Through interactive activities, games, role plays and art, children will be introduced to the process of birth. Parents will get the information and resources they need to prepare their kids to be present at birth, and will receive lots of tips from a midwife experienced in child-attended births. Kids will make labor noises, gain an understanding of how babies are born, and learn about what laboring moms are like as they concentrate on giving birth. Kids will leave knowing what to expect when their mom is in labor, what it will be like when their new brother or sister is born and how they can be involved and help. They will also make a special present for the new baby, and learn why big brothers and sisters are so important!

Learn more here.

October 19, 2010

New Product: Positively Organic Long Sleeve Rompers

These adorable rompers feature playful prints and simple styling and are made from luxuriously soft organic interlock cotton with nickel-free snaps and a loose "room-to-grow" fit. They are an adorable addition to baby's wardrobe. Pick up yours here.









October 16, 2010

Closed

Crunchy Granola Baby will be closed on Sunday, October 17. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you on Monday!



And don't forget: The Three Hour, Learn Everything Breastfeeding Class is Monday evening at 6:30. Learn more here and register directly with Kathy at 978-922-4289 or abbottkathy@comcast.net



October 14, 2010

Help the Homeless during Halloween at CGB

Support Lifebridge's Second Chance Thrift Shop by purchasing a "Bite Size" Life is Good longsleeved T. And these great shirts are not just for Halloween. Cute for all year 'round!

CGB will be selling T's sized 4 toddler ($15)--all proceeds go to toward benefiting the homeless shelter and all the hard work the volunteers do to make a change. Second Chance Thrift Store has adult and child sizes, as well really cool Life is Good pumpkin bags. Help end homelessness!

Never been to the Lifebridge's Second Chance Thrift Store? It is located right down the street from Steve's Quality Market at 56 Margin Street in Salem. We highly recommend you go and check it out, along with your awesome "Bite Size" T-shirt, you will find a plethora of groovy home goods, furniture, jewelry, and much more!

Celebrate Halloween with Bugworks!

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with creepy crawly bugs?!

CGB is excited to welcome Bugworks, an educational company that specializes in exciting science enrichment programs featuring live insects and other arthropods. This half-hour program, designed for children between the ages of 3 and 5, features fun, safe bugs that reinforce concepts such as size, shape and color. The children can learn by looking, touching or both! And did we mention that this event is FREE?

CGB welcome's Bugworks on Saturday, October 30 in two sessions: 11AM – 11:30 AM and 11:45 AM– 12:15 PM. But register soon - space is limited to 15 kids. Call 978.741.0800 to save your spot now! (Learn more about Bugworks at www.bugworks.net)

*And don’t forget to return to CGB on Sunday, October 31 for our Halloween Party!

October 11, 2010

New Products! Sweet Spud


Sweet Spud's debut line of organically enlightened children's apparel feature messages of love, peace and wisdom. These bodysuits, knot caps and toddler tees are made of super soft Certified Organic Cotton without pesticides, harmful dyes or heavy metals. Consciously made in the U.S.A., Sweet Spud is sweatshop-free and environmentally responsible.

Pick up your bodysuit here.

October 10, 2010

We ♥ Locals.

Sure, we love Salem during Halloween season. All the excitement, events, and new people ... but we also really love our locals.

And to prove it, we're giving Salem locals 15% off their total purchase* throughout the month of October. So don't let the crowds keep you from downtown... we would miss you!


*excludes diapers





October 9, 2010

Open Interviews for Seasonal Retail Position

Crunchy Granola Baby is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team!

And on Saturday, October 16 from 2-4PM we'll be holding open interviews for a part-time seasonal retail position here at the shop. Please bring your resume and/or letter of interest, and be prepared to show us why you're the person for CGB. And please - serious interviews only.

We’re looking for outgoing candidates with a passion for natural living. We are well-known for our superior customer service, so applicants should enjoy working with people, especially children. Applicants should also be self-motivated and driven individuals with a desire to excel.Applicants should also have a passion for merchandising our ever-growing collection of products, be computer-literate, and be willing to help with our behind-the-scenes work, such as event organization, web maintenance, social networking, etc.

Part times sales consist of providing customer service, and applicants should also have the flexibility and availability to work 10-15 hours per week (day, evening and weekend shifts). Other Responsibilities:

* Love talking with people? You should relish in assisting customers because, trust us, we have some of the best customers.
* Prefer a clean house? We need somebody who doesn’t mind a little cleaning and light lifting.
* Interested in learning more about natural living and parenting? You should be willing to educate yourself about our products and their benefits.
* Are you community-oriented? We need an individual who wouldn’t mind helping out at workshops and events.

October 7, 2010

Trick or Treating with the Mayor

Join Mayor Driscoll for trick-or-treating in Salem on Friday, October 8! The evening begins at 5:30PM at the East India Fountain and the trick-or-treat train will travel along your favorite Salem shops, including CGB! Trick-or-Treat Bags provided and costumes are encouraged. For more details on daily Haunted Happenings events in Salem, click here.

October 6, 2010

New Product Alert: Bathroom Tisue

You may have seen it on Facebook, but CGB now carries BumBoosa bathroom tissues for you AND your little one. I


This bathroom tissue is made from 100% bamboo processed with the mechanical pulping method, is tree-free, biodegradable, BPA-free, and elemental chlorine-free.


Very affordable, very green.

October 5, 2010

Costume Swap!

Have you heard? CGB is proud to announce that we are helping with the Parents United Green Halloween Costume Swap!



Simply donate your little one's used costume, receive a free ticket, then go to the Salem YMCA on October 9 from 10AM - 3PM to pick out another costume! If you don't have a costume to drop off, simply donate $5 and receive a ticket to attend the event.



And did we mention - CGB is the donation center? Swing by and donate your old costume!

October 2, 2010

New Product: Keekaroo

CGB is thrilled to carry this Wooden High Chair from Keekaroo, which grows with your child from 6 months to adult!



This chair is perfect for your child and adjusts to fit every possible need. Plus - it's got tons of great accessories! You can getbooster seats, comfy foam inserts, tray inserts, grab rails and more! More about the Wooden High Chair:


3-Point removable Pelvic Belt - Adjustable Foot and Seat Plate - 5 year warranty - Easily cleans with warm water - Height adjustable in seat plate and foot plate - Depth adjustable in seat plate.

And if you feel like grabbing a seat, the max weight it can hold is 250 lbs.

Stop by CGB and check out our demo model - then order yours today!

Support Salem Education!

It's baaaaack ...Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Food for Thought Raffle. One lucky person will win dinner for two anywhere in the world!

Tickets are just $5 each, or 5 for $20, and you can purchase them here at CGB or at the following businesses in Salem: Pamplemousse, Waters & Brown, or Green Tea Yoga. Tickets will also be sold through each of the 10 Salem Schools as well as on our Facebook page and online at http://www.salemeducationfoundation.org/.100% of net proceeds benefit The Salem Education Foundation

The winning ticket will be drawn at 4PM at the Fountain Stage on the pedestrial mall on Essex Street by Mayor Kim Driscoll. What are you waiting for?! Get your tickets today!

September 27, 2010

Celebrating nAGLY!


Join nAGLY (North Shore Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth) on September 30 for their 3rd Annual Fundraiser Event. There will be both a silent and live auction, live entertainment and dancing, a cash bar and great food, fun, and friends!

Celebrating nAgly will take place in the Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom from 7 to 10PM. For more information, contact Coco at 781.913.3737 or Kirsten at 617.308.8565.

September 25, 2010

Support the Shanty! (and CinemaSalem!)

A big shoutout to our friends at The Lobster Shanty, who will be featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri!

Support the Shanty by attending Cinema Salem's premiere on Monday, September 27. Doors open at 9PM and the show starts at 10PM. Check out more details here.

September 23, 2010

Cloth Diapering Workshop

Interested in cloth diapers, but can't tell a prefold from a pocket? Intrigued by the idea of using cloth diapers, but not sure where to start? Already use cloth diapers, and still have questions? Just want to see what all the fuss is about and check out the fluff in person? Join us for Cloth Diapers 101! Noreen Flanagan, owner of Merrimac Valley Cloth Diapers, will be our guest to explain everything cloth diaper on Saturday, September 25 at 10:30AM.

During this one-hour class, we'll cover:
  • the different types of cloth diapers and diapering systems;
  • how many cloth diapers you really need;
  • how to launder your cloth diapers;
  • how cloth diapers can fit your family, budget, and childcare situations;
  • and much more!
Noreen will have a collection of her diapers for sale after the workshop, as well as our Imse Vimse and Little Beetle lines.

Please RSVP as space is limited! Contact CGB info@crunchygranolababy.com or give us a call 978-741-0800

September 21, 2010

New Class: Parenting Support with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been studying and treating women’s health for thousands of years. Come learn about the safe, natural techniques that Traditional Chinese Medicine uses to prepare women for conception and a pregnancy, from regulating menstruation to managing stress and increasing energy. Take home knowledge of acupressure, nutritional therapy and other daily practices to prepare your body and mind for a strong, peaceful pregnancy!

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of healthcare with a continuous clinical history of more than 2500 years. It includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise, all based on traditional Oriental Medicine principles. It is most effective when applied as a holistic style of medicine, using various modalities simultaneously to formulate a treatment plan that works from several angles to achieve optimal performance of, and harmony between, all organ systems.

CGB's classes are as follows:
RSVP to Crunchy Granola Baby at 978.741.0800. Fee is $5.00. Learn more here.

About our Instructor:
Annie Dallas, L.Ac., received her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of TCM (Denver) in 2007. She is National Board Certified in Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has done post-graduate studies at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on the use of acupuncture for cancer patients and has a keen interest in helping to improve the quality of life during and post cancer treatment. In addition, she studied two styles of TCM-based facial rejuvenation, and enjoys helping women, young and old, understand their beauty as an outward rendering of internal health and harmony. Annie incorporates all applicable TCM modalities into her treatments, including herbal medicine, tui na (medical massage) and nutritional therapy.Oriental Medicine certification (earned by less than 20% of US acupuncturists) allows Annie to incorporate Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (therapeutic bodywork) and nutritional therapy into her acupuncture treatments. Annie is new to Massachusetts and practices at New Harmony Center for Health & Wellness in Beverly. She lives in Salem along with her husband, daughter and golden retriever (Mr. Kansas).

September 19, 2010

CGB is Hiring!

Crunchy Granola Baby is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our team!

As a growing retail outlet, we’re looking for outgoing candidates with a passion for natural living. We are well-known for our superior customer service, so applicants should enjoy working with people, especially children. Applicants should also be self-motivated and driven individuals with a desire to excel.

Applicants should also have a passion for merchandising our ever-growing collection of products, be computer-literate, and be willing to help with our behind-the-scenes work, such as event organization, web maintenance, social networking, etc.

Part times sales consist of providing customer service, and applicants should also have the flexibility and availability to work day, evening and weekend shifts.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Love talking with people? You should relish in assisting customers because, trust us, we have some of the best customers.
  • Prefer a clean house? We need somebody who doesn’t mind a little cleaning and light lifting.
  • Interested in learning more about natural living and parenting? You should be willing to educate yourself about our products and their benefits.
  • Are you community-oriented? We need an individual who wouldn’t mind helping out at workshops and events.

If all this sounds like you, please send resume and / or letter of interest to crunchygranolababy@verizon.net. No phone calls please.

More about Crunchy Granola Baby: CGB is a unique Salem shop that specializes in organic and natural items for babies and young children. But we’re also much more than a retail shop – we see ourselves as a community resource. Some of what we offer includes: classes and workshops in birth, breastfeeding, newborn care, parenting and healthy living; support and play groups for families; along with various fundraisers, events and community outreach.

September 14, 2010

Discover the artistry of linaloos hair clips for kids

Crunchy Granola Baby is lucky enough to carry a very unique, artistic, and totally eco-friendly line of baby or toddler hair clips from linaloos. They are handmade with recycled vintage sweaters... seriously, how cool is that?

The founder of the business is a local Mom from Melrose who started out just making the accessories for her daughter, Caroline. And... by popular demand, a business was born!

Best of all, you can feel even better about buying one of these one-of-a-kind cuties because 10% of the proceeds goes to charity.

Stop by and take a look... Halloween is just around the corner, and we have some great seasonal clips!








Why Talc Free?

Talc is an unnecessary material that can easily be eliminated from your everyday life. Read below to learn why you should buy talc-free products. (Information from PreventCancer.com)

What is talc? Talc is a mineral, produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Because talc is resistant to moisture, the products that contain talc, and thus pose the most serious health risks are body powders, like baby powder.

Why is talc harmful? Talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos. Talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims. For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos. Responding to this evidence in 1973, the FDA drafted a resolution that would limit the amount of asbestos-like fibers in cosmetic grade talc. However, no ruling has ever been made and today, cosmetic grade talc remains non-regulated.

What kind of exposure is dangerous? Talc is toxic. Talc particles cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become imbedded in the lining of the ovary. Additionally, talc miners have shown abnormally high rates of lung cancer. The common household hazard posed by talc is inhalation of baby powder by infants. Since the early 1980s, records show that several thousand infants each year have died or become seriously ill following accidental inhalation of baby powder.

*Looking for talc-free baby powder? We've got it!

September 12, 2010

Upcoming Events

Lots of great events happening here at CGB over the next few weeks. Check it out:

September 9, 2010

Kami Clips for Halloween!

Here in Salem, Halloween starts early. And our wonderful friend over at Kami Clips whipped up these black and orange designs ... just for us! Swing by the shop and check 'em out!

September 8, 2010

...because we love Salem

CGB is psyched to welcome Salem State students back to the city! And to celebrate, we're giving 15% off to students when they present their student ID.


AND we're also very thrilled to give a 10% discount to all PEM members when they show their membership cards at purchase.