Locally to me, here in Baton Rouge, there is a great little store named Angel Britches. This store is the only store of its kind in this area and serves the community well by being here. This store is a natural parenting store! Yes, you heard correctly… Some of you may be wondering “what does she mean by that?”. They carry a wide variety of products that many attachment or natural parenting people would use for their little ones.
Here’s a list of some product types available in the store:
Organic Crib Bedding & Blankets
Cloth Diapering Supplies
Sustainable Menstrual Products
Natural and Non Toxic Laundry
Natural and Non Toxic Bath and Body
And many other Green products!
I met the owner Stephanie Methvin a few years back well before Jack was born. I was hosting a natural birth awareness night at my home and she happened to attend. (Ah the magic of Facebook) She mentioned to the group that she owned a cloth diapering store across town and I didn’t really think much about it at the time.
A few short months later I became pregnant with Jack and decided I would go check out her store. I walked into a tiny little storefront on the side of a strip center. I was immediately surrounded by things that I had never even heard about let alone considered using.
She was friendly and patient with my ignorant self, explaining the pros and cons of cloth diapering and the basic functions of each style. I didn’t buy anything that day, but the store left a wonderful impression on me and I knew I would return in the future.
I began shopping and stocking up on things I would need and want for Jack and developed a quite profound friendship with Stephanie. I later in my pregnancy began filling in for her at the store sporadically and now continue to work at Angel Britches 2 days a week.
Angel Britches has grown tremendously in the past year moving from the tiny storefront I mentioned above, to a larger storefront in the same shopping center and now to the largest mall in Louisiana. Now they are located in the Mall of Louisiana on bluebonnet and interstate 10.
I sat down with Stephanie last week and conducted a mini- interview about her store Angel Britches.
1. What made you want to start a cloth diapering store?
We were cloth diapering my son and he was 6 months old at the time. We had to shop online for all of our diapers and it was so disappointing when we would get the stuff in the mail. We went to Zuka Baby in New Orleans and thought it was cool. We had wanted to open a baby store before but did not really want to be just another clothing boutique. When I realized cloth diapering was growing in popularity and since it was so hard to find, we decided to do that. Wanted a specialty item, something to set us apart from “Walmart”.
2. How did you come up with the name?
First I thought it would be blessings or something else like bottom blessings… I was trying to think of another name for bottoms. My dad was a CB’er and my CB handle was possum britches. So the original name was that, Possum Britches. I started to think well possums aren’t really that cute. When trying to design the logo, i decided to put a baby possum wearing a diaper, then when I added the halo, it clicked. I called Jairus (her husband) on the phone and we decided to name it Angel Britches instead and change it to a baby instead of a possum. It was so funny because while I was on the phone with him, I said “you’re not going to believe this but I just saw a dead possum on the side of the road”. Some of our vendors still think we are possum britches to this day.
3. What would you want every AB customer to know about Stephanie Methvin?
I don’t want anyone to ever feel guilty about choices because of me. But that’s not really about me…
I guess that no one knows how to do anything perfectly. Cloth diapering, parenting breast feeding, whatever it is, you have to figure it out…its an art.
I love my kids but I am not the or even a parenting authority. Do whatever works and feels right to you, love your kids. I am not a snot and I don’t want people to think that.
Cloth diapering is not moral or immoral – don’t do it or do it- it’s okay either way.
4. Who has had the greatest impact on you as a small business owner?
My husband, without him we would not even have a store or be in the mall. He’s a doer. I’m more of a thinker. It’s him 100%. He still comes and works here after a 12 hour day. He’s personally delivered everything from diapers to nipple cream.
5. Advice to other budding small business owners?
Try to find something different – a void that needs to be filled. Don’t give up when it starts stinking. Work your butt off. Have a separate source of income if you can & look at it as an investment.
6. What’s your favorite thing you sell?
The Medela pump in style. I used it 38 months and it was a champ. Plus 3-4 of my friends got to borrow it and use it as we’ll during that time. I feel that it was because of my pump I was able to breastfeed as long as I wanted to.
100% exclusively breastfeed without using formula and afforded me some freedom. My family could help feed my baby and I could still work at LSU too.
7. How has AB life changed since moving to the mall?
Definitely faster paced. to me the biggest change has been that since we have more employees and more customers, I’m not personally selling to every single customer. Theres a lot more exposure to the public. People know about us and have seen us in the mall. I love riding the escalator or walking in the mall and hear people talk about Angel Britches, it’s very interesting. They have no idea I am the owner so I can hear the in filtered opinions.
8. Where do you see AB 5 years from now?
Multiple locations maybe a few more malls, maybe franchising to others who want to personally own an Angel Britches.
9. What is the greatest misconception about cloth diapering?
That people don’t have enought time to do it. I was married, worked 7 days a week, homeschooled and took care of 3 kids. There were other issues a
and problems but cloth diapering wasn’t one of them.
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A picture of Stephanie’s beautiful family is pictured below.
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