Daytrip Society Opens Daytrip Jr.

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New Kids Store Offers Whimsical Inspiration for Younger Daytrippers

Daytrip Society, a destination for those inspired by the romance of nature and the adventure of travel, today announced the opening of Daytrip Jr., a shop dedicated to daytrippers ages 0-8 in downtown Kennebunkport. Like its parent store, Daytrip Jr. will feature products inspired by nature and travel, but for the younger nature-loving set. Owners Jessica Jenkins and Andy West have taken the same approach to curating Daytrip Jr., carefully selecting classic designs and toys with a modern edge from local artists and contemporary designers.

“We’ve loved discovering new artists and classic items that satisfy the wanderlust in all of us. Now that we have a little daytripper of our own, we’ve been gravitating to the more whimsical side of nature and travel,” said Jessica and Andy. “Daytrip Jr. will have the same sensibility as Daytrip Society- blending modern design with the outdoors- but will speak more to the smaller travelers.”

Nestled in a building built in the late 1800's, the storefront of Daytrip Jr. is built on pillars over a tidal creek that flows in and out daily. The interior reflects Jessica and Andy’s modern-retro aesthetic, and showcases a restored 1970’s Retro Banana bike cruiser suspended from the ceiling, as well as a refurbished vintage whale kiddie ride in the center of the store. All proceeds from the 25 cent ride will go towards the Save the Whales foundation. Handcrafted rugs hang from the walls featuring images from the pages of "The Cat at Night" book by Dahlav Ipcar, one of the owners’ favorite Maine children's authors. The merchandise is equally intriguing- classic Maine children's book "Blueberries for Sal" will sit next to Ursa the Bear designed by contemporary designer David Weeks.

A sample of designers and items in the store include:

  • Handcrafted Rocking Dory, made in Maine by local lobsterman
  • Radio Flyer Trikes and Wagons
  • Classic toys, modern toys built to last and locally-crafted wooden toys
  • Fjallraven kids backpacks
  • Decor items from indie brands like Enormous Champion, Boy Girl Party and Rifle Paper Co.
  • Apparel by Andy West Design
  • Lunch Boxes, picnic carriers and packs by Lunchskins, Lunchbots and Skip Hop
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • Bird Stuf collection (donates proceeds to Bird Conservancy)
  • Art-driven kids books and puzzles by renown designers such as Charley Harper, Alexander Girard, Patrick Hruby and Patrick Calello
  • Unique Baby and Diaper bags designed by Orla Kiely, Skip Hop and Sea Bags (from recycled sail boat sails)

Daytrip Junior is located at 9 Ocean Avenue in Kennebunkport, and will hold the following seasonal hours:

  • 10AM-6PM Daily April-June
  • 10AM-10PM July-August
  • 10AM -6PM September-December
  • 11AM-5PM Week-ends Jan-March

Little daytrippers across the country can visit Daytrip Jr.’s website at http://www.daytripjr.com.

About Daytrip Society
Daytrip Society is a destination for those inspired by the romance of nature and the adventure of travel, founded by native Mainers and ardent daytrippers Jessica Jenkins and Andy West. Located in Kennebunkport, Maine, the boutique features a unique mix of gifts, home décor, gear and hand-crafted treasures that blends modern design with the outdoors to fulfill your inner wanderlust, while also protecting that which it celebrates- in addition to carrying myriad green and organic lines, Jessica and Andy also raise awareness for and donate to local nature conservatories such as the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge and the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. For more information, visit http://www.daytripsociety.com or call 207.967.4440 Daytrip Society or http://www.daytripjr.com /207.967.8345 for Daytrip Jr.

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