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 @

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

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 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.

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

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: survey for currently pregnant women: 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 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

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


  • 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

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!