Naartjie, a children's clothing store, has their grand opening in Boston's Natick Mall this weekend (October 8). They are inviting us to celebrate with them by making a $50 gift certificate available (redeemable on-line or in-store) to our 'dare to dream' community.
From the website, the name “Naartjie” (pronounced nar chee) is an Afrikaans word for “a small, sweet citrus fruit found in Africa”. When founder Anna Eales opened her first store in 1992 in Cape Town, South Africa, a tall standing vase filled with branches of tiny naartjies stood guarding the doorway. These had been cut from a “lemon” tree growing in her garden.
In spite of regularly being watered and talked to, this little tree had struggled to grow, and been overlooked for months and years as everything else grew up around it. Some months before the first store opened, this tree that had struggled was covered in beautiful, scented, creamy blossoms; weeks before the opening the small tree bore its first fruit. Instead of getting bigger and gradually turning yellow, the hard little green balls became wider and fatter and turned orange.
The little “lemon” tree had decided it was time to show its true colors. It was in fact no lemon at all, but a naartjie tree.
Source: Flickr - aquilaonline
To be eligible for the $50 gift certificate giveaway, click through to the Naartjie website, choose an outfit that you like, and copy the link to the comment section.
For example, I like this newborn jester-hat outfit. After browsing the newborn page, I'd copy and paste this link in the comment section below.
If you like this outfit for boys, you would copy and paste this link.
For the girls in your life, copy and paste one of these links.
The contest will close at midnight on Friday, October 16,. I'll determine a winner using www.random.org, and announce the winner, on Saturday, October 17 via Twitter (see 'Tweet, Tweet') over to the right.
Which outfits do you like?
Which outfits do you think best show the true colors of the children that you love?
Have you struggled to grow, thinking you were a 'lemon tree', only to find that you were an 'orange tree'?
What has been or could be the catalyst for showing your true colors?
Founder Anna Eales started Naartjie because she wanted clothes that her kids could live in -- what ideas have come to you because you wanted to solve a problem?
P.S. It is now October 17 -- and the winner of the Giveaway is Donna G!