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Giggles moving to Chadwick’s Square on Captiva

By Staff | Dec 29, 2009

Giggles, the children’s clothing store located on Sanibel for its first four years, will re-open in Chadwick?’s Square at South Seas Island Resort on Captiva in mid-January.

Owner Marcia Kimball said she is moving her business to Chadwick?’s Square in order to be accessible to families vacationing at the busy vacation resort. She hopes to bring more people out to Captiva as well.

“After Hurricane Charley in 2004, South Seas underwent a $140 million renovation,” said Carolyn Hudson, Director of Communications and Community Relations for South Seas Island Resort.

The resort is now centered around families and boasts shops, restaurants, activities and amenities such as the giant pool complex and waterslides called H2Whoa!

  • “Everything is about families and children,” Hudson said.

With this in mind, South Seas management wooed Kimball, whose store features upscale and often one-of-a-kind clothing for children.

Rick Hayduk, Managing Director of South Seas Island Resort, is delighted to have Kimball join them at Chadwick?’s Square.

“Giggles is a perfect fit for our new positioning which encompasses families and

children,” Hayduk said. “The energy the store will bring is just what is needed.”

Kimball said she is elated to make her move to Captiva but is bittersweet about leaving Sanibel. She said she originally planned on keeping the Sanibel store, which is located in the Tahitian Gardens Shopping Center, but an agreement couldn’t be worked out with her landlord.

“It was a very hard move for me,” Kimball said.

At the time Giggles opened, there weren’t any clothing stores strictly for children on Sanibel.

“I thought there was a need for it,” she said. “I wanted it to be different.”

Giggles carries designers that cater to celebrities’ children as well as infant wear personally signed by U.S. Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton.

Along with the current labels, Giggles will carry Charlie Rocket for boys, Haven Girl, Lemon Loves Limes, a blingy shiny and sea creatures-inspired line for girls and Ben Sherman for boys. David and Victoria Beckham’s children are regularly spotted sporting Ben Sherman clothing, Kimball noted.

Like her original store, the floor at the new location will be painted by well-known area artist Leoma Lovegrove.

At Chadwick?’s Square, Kimball expects to sponsor fun activities for children, including fashion shows. She also plans to coordinate with South Seas Island Resort management and participate in some of their special events and activities.

The store will be open every day, although the exact hours of operation have yet to be determined.