Giving and Getting, a Small Business’ Heart

Giving and getting,

Belmont Kidz is a community-driven family enrichment center dedicated to offering an alternative to traditional education emphasizing sustainable, holistic, and mindful living.

The store originally opened in 2009 as a children’s consignment store and was brought under new ownership in 2016 by Qiana Jones, a Long Beach-based entrepreneur who took up the mission of revamping a unique resource for the families of Long Beach. With a fresh new energy, Belmont Kidz grew in its community outreach to include creative enrichment classes for children.

Qiana and her husband, Hernan, took the idea of helping local families to heart. Putting a fresh spin on the business, the couple began to offer family-oriented sessions, such as breastfeeding support groups, free weekly puppet shows, and storytelling.

In recent years, the store has evolved into a thriving creative community center where events from book launches, art classes, to dance parties occur, the ideas don’t stop there as consignment owner Qiana Jones never settles in one spot and is constantly hungry for new creative ideas to transform her business.

 

Visualizing and Living in the Now

Visualizing and living in the now, a concept that few have mastered. “Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping here and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.”- Paramahansa Yogananda

School is Out! Get Your Kids and Home Ready for a Safe and Fun Summer

School is out, which means it’s time to get ready for sun-filled days outdoors with the family. But before turning everyone loose, you’ve got to make sure your kids and home are prepped for a safe and fun season. This includes making sure everyone is geared up with the proper clothing and equipment and that the indoors and outdoors are free from hazards. Once you take care of everything on your to-do list, get ready to take advantage of the not-so-endless days of summer before they disappear.

What to Buy

Take a look in your children’s closets, medicine cabinet, and garage to check the status of clothing, sun and bug protection, and outdoor toys. Make an effort to purchase anything that needs to be replaced from a local business. Not only will more of your money be kept within the local economy by investing in entrepreneurship, but you’ll be contributing to job growth while helping the environment and nurturing your community.  

 

  • Sun and Bug Protection

Sun safety is key, so make sure your sun products aren’t expired. Regularly apply an SPF of 30 or higher every couple hours — sooner if your kids go into the water. Try to avoid the sun between the hours of 10am and 4pm when the rays are the strongest. Bugs can be a nuisance during the warm-weather months, so make sure you stock up on the proper repellent. Those containing DEET are safe for children two months and up, but there’s also the option to choose a formula made with picaridin, an odorless, synthetic ingredient with long-lasting protection.

 

 

  • Summer Gear

 

Children between 6 and 12 years old gain an average of five to seven pounds a year and grow an average of 2.5 inches. With that in mind, check to make sure all your kids’ warm-weather essentials still fit from last year. When getting replacements, consider lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from cotton to help keep them cool. A hat, sunglasses, and a swimsuit coverup are also good ideas.

 

Backyard Enhancements

 

Encourage your kids to unplug from their devices and have some good old-fashioned outdoor summer fun. There are endless enhancements on offer, including a swing set, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, sprinklers, drone, child’s archery and gardening sets, kite, bicycle, roller skates, bike, yard games, miniature golf, squirt guns, and a trampoline. Just inspect everything to ensure it’s safe and age appropriate. Also, consider outdoor family activities such as backyard camping, treasure hunts, and a few rounds of Frisbee golf.

 

What to Do

 

There is some necessary busywork you should do to ensure your home is safe and set for the summer. For example, make sure your air conditioner is in working order, check your windows for drafts to retain temperature control, set fans to the counterclockwise setting to conserve energy, power wash the side of your home to prevent mold and mildew, lower your energy bill by turning down the water heater temperature, check your patio for any safety hazards and repair as necessary, and keep shades and blinds down to keep the house cooler.

 

If you have a pool, implement some additional safety features such as a safety cover and fence and a motion-detected pool alarm. Since it’s likely that you haven’t used your grill in several months, check to make sure it’s still in working order. Conduct a safety test by looking for signs of rust, cleaning out any bugs and pests, and checking the fuel line if you have a gas grill. If no cracks are present, brush soapy water along the line and connections. If any bubbles are present while the gas is running, tighten your connections or replace the line.

 

Now that your home and kids are all geared up, plan some quality family time. Toss the Frisbee around or make a bird feeder so you can observe the wildlife in your area. Of course, nothing beats just spending time with the family if you want to make long-lasting memories.

 

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Now offering Baby Sign Language Classes and Play groups

If you are a new mom and longing for adult talk and social play for your little one you may want to consider coming to one of play dates or play groups held here at Belmont Kidz in Long Beach.

Here is a briefing:

*Baby sign language play group are age appropriate and customized to every play group. Baby signing give us your child a way to communicate when they don’t have the words yet. Less tantrums and headaches! A must try for parents who stay home with baby.

*Music and Movement play groups are age appropriate to each play group. Mama’s have jam session with their little ones that includes of course music instruments and movements.

* Story time is back!!! We have this class as a community service.

So come down and join us.

You can register online or call 572-270-3635.

Summer Camp 2018

Summer Camp 2018– Big Changes Happening at Belmont Kidz!

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Belmont Kidz

Hey Belmont Kidz family!

Last year has been a blur of big changes for us here at Belmont Kidz, including a new move and a BIG transition in what we can offer our community here in Long Beach. Here are a couple announcements that we are excited to share with you.

We are proud to announce we will continue to offer our NEW curriculum of enrichment classes for children ages 2-6 into Summer of 2018, as well as our all-new Summer Camp for Kidz.

In addition, we will be offering an Early Bird Special for all customers who make a purchase from 1pm-2pm Tuesday through Friday.

Classes to be offered this semester include Gardening and Wellness, Drama Troop, Drum Circle, Lego Club, and Mindfulness and Meditation. These classes will feature small, intimate class settings and range from 60-90 minutes long, Our Summer Camp will be three hours long and will include a wide range of activities for every tot.

As always, we offer consignment and our free weekly storytime, Thursdays at 4pm. All mommies and babies from NB-3 are welcome!

With love and light,

Belmont Kidz

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Temporary Store Hours

As many of you know the store is family owned. In January my husband was hit by a car while he was riding on his bicycle. Unfortunately, this accident broke his foot in several places requiring a cage of pins to hold his foot together. So, I have been managing the store, kids, homeschooling, home duties, paying bills all while doing my best to be a loving wife. All this being said.. I will be open mostly for workshops,  appointments for shopping and consignment these next two months as my husband heals.

Humbled. Our dearest Sarah one of our favorite most senior interns who has basically become family has created a gofundme page to help the store stay afloat while all this is happening. Here is the link should you want to help.  Again it is, https://www.gofundme.com/belmont-kidz-needs-your-help.

I will gladly come in any day and time of the week provided I have at least 2-24 hour notice.

You may book an appointment by calling or texting (562) 270-3635

However, I will usually be there at the store Wednesday through Saturday 12-5:30 pm.

Thank you.

 

New Hours

New Hours!

Hey Belmont Kidz family! We have a quick update.

We are changing our store hours, beginning this month to our winter hours.

SUN – TUES: By Appointment for shopping and consignment

WED – SAT:  11 am- 5 :30 pm

We will be hosting workshops and other classes outside of these hours as well.

Call today to learn more our exciting, wholesome summer camp and homeschooling classes!

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Past Life Memories

Past Life Memories

September 27, 2017

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Qiana Jones – Owner

I loved being in the kitchen and around food more than anything else. I changed, because my life changed. I prioritized & rolled with it.

My life is changing again; so again, I must rethink/re-evaluate my life.

Right now, Belmont Kidz is my passion because I love getting to know people who come through my door. I enjoy sharing life stories. I learn we are all the same with different backgrounds and handle things differently. Everyone who walks into my store is treated with RESPECT no matter what my perception. I live by following my heart~#titanium Everyone deserves respect.

I am also that “one” who believes there is a little “light” in everyone.

But, I am getting overwhelmed. Belmont Kidz is truly a community project. It is not a one woman show. I can not do this alone. I don’t want to stop providing a much needed service of decluttering closets, reducing waste in landfills by recycling children’s clothing and baby gear. The money usually go to the kids so they feel good about purging. Belmont kidz also gives back. Items not sold are donated to Long Beach charities including: For the Child, Precious Lambs preschool, Little Sunshine House as well as Long Beach Womens Shelter.

The parent & me classes, storytimes I enjoy doing as well. If you have come into the store and talked to me you would know I am a wealth of information and ideas. Connecting parents to talk about their kids is an awesome feeling. Sometimes, we just want to know we are not alone in the struggle of parenting.

Some expectations for you all:

* Hours will be changing so I can focus more on online sales.

* Clothing that provides the “wow” or “uniqueness” will more likely be accepted. The “wow” makes tagging fun because I look forward to showing your stuff.

*We will be looking for volunteers to help out in the store and community garden.

*More community family time in the store. I love to entertain and mingle!

Me in action :https://www.facebook.com/katsujichef/videos/3055124576180/

Belmont Kidz On A Bus

Hello Belmont Kidz friends and family!

Walking around Long Beach, you may have noticed a couple familiar faces on the side of a bus advertising Belmont Kidz children’s store and the LB Pacific Gateway internship programs. This program connects youth looking for work experience with local business owners looking for help growing their brand.

I don’t have the words to express the gratitude I feel towards this program. I took over the store in June, not realizing how much work it takes to run a consignment store– the previous business owner, Miguel, directed me to the Youth Opportunity Center, where I was added to the list of choices a youth could spend their internship at.

These interns that were connected to me through this program have helped me maintain the store and grow the business. There have been a few mishaps– nobody’s perfect– and if you’re willing to take a chance, it’s a wonderful program to help any small business grow.

Patience and gratitude goes back long way! I open up my doors to any of you business owners that have questions about my experience with Pacific Gateway.

Thank you Pacific Gateway for helping grow my business!

For more information about Pacific Gateway’s program click here  .

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