Englewood Cliffs is roughly 25 miles away from Brooklyn, but Sandy Zeccardi and Brandi Simpkins are making it possible to find city-inspired styles without having to cross the Hudson. The pair opened Happy Hello in March and carry a fabulous variety of products for newborns to adults.
Happy Hello carries unique brands from all over the world including Rylee & Cru, Minti Australia and Hazel Village. The boutique also carries additional brands, such as NUNUNU, online.
“We have brands that no one has ever heard of, because it’s international,” said Sandy.
The shop also has some serious Instagram-worthy products, like this hilarious Coveted Things swaddle blanket.
This trendy little shop’s price range is as diverse as its inventory. Whether you’re looking for a book to give as a last minute gift or a fabulous outfit for a special occasion, there really is a product for every situation.
“We’re the city boutique in the suburbs,” Sandy explained. “You find stuff here you won’t find in the area, or maybe even in the United States.”
Sandy, who is typically the buyer for the clothing in the store, likes to find environmentally friendly products. From organic clothes and stuffed animals to compostable bamboo play dinner sets, all of the goods in Happy Hello have been made with a purpose.
Additionally, she tries to avoid labeling the clothing by gender. Although there are pink tutus and camouflage jackets, gender neutral pieces are blended throughout the store’s entire collection. (Speaking of tutus, there are also black and grey ones for the chic toddlers in your life.)
“It’s not that we carry clothes,” said Sandy. “We carry fashion and a style.”
The books, accessories and crafts are also carefully chosen. Brandi is an art teacher and curates the store’s books and crafts, focusing on stories with inspirational messages.
Side note, teaching little kids about iconic women such as Coco Chanel and Frida Kahlo is a guaranteed way to make sure the world never runs out of impeccably dressed girlbosses.
There are also plenty of things for adults to obsess over. From phone cases to coffee mugs and jewelry, it’s nearly impossible to walk in for a gift without leaving with something for yourself, too.
Happy Hello will also help you put together the perfect gift and prides themselves in finding books or toys to pair with an adorable outfit.
Style isn’t the only city-influenced aspect of Happy Hello. Community involvement is extremely important to Sandy and Brandi.
“If you go to Brooklyn, they’re very community oriented,” said Sandy. “As a brick and mortar mom-owned store, we like to support other moms.”
In addition to supporting designers that are local or parents trying to build their brands, Happy Hello holds events for the community. Starting in October, the shop plans to host a Babies, Books and Bagels event on the first Wednesday of each month for moms to bring their babies in for story time. They also recently held a trunk show with giveaways and discounts.
“The story time readings, the craft days, it’s all to get moms to know other moms and designers to get to know other designers,” said Sandy. “That’s one of our dreams.”
Phone: (201) 585-1049
Address: 33 Sylvan Ave, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Parking: Free street parking and a parking lot behind the store.
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.