2013 Best Places for Shopping and Services
Parents know best when it comes to family-friendly places to eat, shop, celebrate and visit in the Triangle, so we asked you to name your favorites. In some cases, top vote-getters were extremely close, so we awarded two. Businesses or places that received an overwhelming number of votes are recognized as Honorable Mentions.
Without further delay, here are your top recommendations for family places to shop in the Triangle:
An educational toy store, Learning Express has a system called Skill Builders for children with special needs, which organizes expert-approved toys into eight skill-building categories. Located in Cary, Durham and Raleigh; learningexpress.com.
Honorable Mention: Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
Based in Michigan, owner Brent Taylor left his job as a manager of a Fortune 500 company to follow his dream of opening a toy store. Located in Cary and Raleigh; brilliantskytoys.com.
Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid buys clothes that children have outgrown and maternity clothes to resell them in the store. Visitors can shop in the store while a buyer appraises the items. Located in Apex, Cary and Durham; kidtokid.com.
Educational Supply Store
Stone's Education Superstore Stone's Education Superstar's website allows you to create a wish list online or find the teachers' wish lists so children can bring in classroom supplies. Located at 3800 Tryon Rd., Raleigh; stones-education.com.
Great Clips and Sport Clips
Great Clips is open on evenings and weekends to accommodate busy schedules. Stylists use "Clip notes" to update a customer's profile and provide information about the haircut so future stylists know how customers like their hair. Walk-ins are welcome. Located in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Apex; greatclips.com.
Sport Clips gives haircuts to men and boys while customers watch sports on one of the many flat-screen TVs placed throughout the salon and in the lobby. Walk-ins welcome. Located in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and Apex; sportclips.com.
Brooke Meyer specializes in portraits and photographic restoration. He photographs families, high school seniors and even pets. Located in Cary; brookemeyerphotography.com.
Kamm MacKenzie OB-GYN
Dr. MacKenzie specializes in a wide range of healthcare services for women of all ages. Her practice is affiliated with WakeMed, where she performs deliveries and surgeries. Women over 21 should see a gynecologist every two years. Located at 3805 Computer Dr., Raleigh; kmobgyn.com.
Cornerstone Pediatrics serves patients from birth to age 21 and offers a walk-in clinic and weekend hours. After-hours appointments for sick children are also available. Located at 97 Cornerstone Dr., Cary; cornerstonepediatrics.org.
Cary Pediatric Dentistry
Cary Pediatric dentistry features a kid-friendly, jungle-themed décor. Cary Pediatric Dentistry emphasizes the need for children to visit the dentist as early as possible in childhood to develop a comfortable and positive relationship with their dentist. Located 540 New Waverly Pl., Ste. 300; Cary; carypediatricdentistry.com.
Gurley, Ritter and Brogden Orthodontics Gurley, Ritter and Brogden Orthodontics utilize the latest orthodontic technology and are certified Invisalign providers. Complimentary consultations are offered for potential patients to meet the staff, take a tour and be examined to have their orthodontic needs determined. Located at 3701 N.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary; carybraces.com.