A logo of two children smiling as the letter “I” is on the outside of Dippity Kids, a children’s clothing store in Worth.
Owner Susan Stazak, of Bridgeview, decided to open her own store after 30 years in the children’s retail business. The store, at 11425 S. Harlem, opened May 1, and plans to have a grand opening celebration in July.
“I felt it was time,” Stazak said. “The name comes from my 10-year-old niece, Paige. My father, her grandfather, would always tell her that her life was serendipity. He was killed by a drunk driver, and Paige still said her life was serendipity. She said she wanted to have “dippity” as part of the name, because that was the fun part of the word serendipity.”
Stazak’s shop is decorated with brightly colored accents, and has photos of her niece, Paige, and nephew, Nate, on the walls. A blank wall at the back of the store will feature photos of local children wearing Dippity Kids clothing, and a community bulletin board will have information on community events and contact information for babysitters and nannies. A neon green child-size table sits near the cash register, where Stazak will let kids color and create artwork.
“My nephew helped me create the display for the front window,” Stazak said. “He was climbing on the ladder and putting the clothes on mannequins. He was having a great time, but he said, “Auntie, I never knew you could put clothes on a pole! It’s not alive!” It was so funny.”
The store sells children’s clothing in sizes from newborn to 16, and has playwear, shorts and skirt sets, pajamas, hair accessories, sunglasses, booties, and gift sets for baby showers, like a basket with a baby bathtub and other bath items. “Merchandise for kids is a lot of fun,” Stazak said. “Kids, especially babies, are usually really happy. This is the most fun time of their lives. The brighter and more fun a piece of clothing is, the more fun I have with it.”
Stazak said the visitors to her shop have been climbing since the day she opened, and that everyone in Worth is friendly, living up to the village’s nickname as “the friendly village.”
“People walk by every morning and wave, or stop in and tell me that they’ve been waiting for a store just like this to open,” Stazak said.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.