Lizards & Lollipopz: Toy Store, Party Room on Marietta Square
Take a closer look at the kids' store Lizards & Lollipopz, life as a business on Marietta Square and the changes you can expect to see in the shop. Tell us what you think of the shop.
Lizards & Lollipopz owners Stacy Smith and John Rossiter opened the store over two years ago. The couple is also the owners of doodlebugz, an eclectic gift boutique that has been on Marietta Square for nine years.
Patch: Why did you decide to open a second shop on the Square?
Smith: Our kids section was getting larger and larger at doodlebugz. I didn't want to expand it any further because after all we are a gift store not a kids store at doodlebugz. So I decided to open up a dedicated-store to focus on kids.
Patch: How did you come up with the name?
Smith: My niece actually came up with the name. We were obsessed with names for about three weeks. We finally asked our nieces to send some suggestions. We liked Lizards & Lollipopz. It needed to appeal to boys and girls. I think it does both.
"We were obsessed with names for about three weeks. We finally asked our nieces to send some suggestions. We liked Lizards & Lollipopz. It needed to appeal to boys and girls. I think it does both."
Patch: How, if at all, has the business changed since you opened it?
Smith: We started out as only toys, including retro and wooden toys. This fall we are going to bring in a huge selection of clothing. We are seeing it changing from just toys to a complete kids boutique.
"We are seeing it changing from just toys to a complete kids boutique."
Patch: Have you seen a change in traffic recently?
Smith: Some stores have said the economy has made business difficult. Sales at each store remain strong, and we are very pleased to be in a good locations.
Patch Do you have a favorite item in the store right now?
Smith: My favorite item in Lizards right now are the super hero bobble heads, but in the fall the clothing is going to be fabulous.
Patch: In addition to being a business in Marietta, are you involved in Marietta in any other way?
Smith: I participate in the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta.
Patch: What is the hardest part of being a Marietta Square business?
Smith: The hardest part is not being in a mall setting with ample parking. We try to encourage people to park in the parking decks. They only cost $3 for the entire day, and they don't have to worry about running to move their car or rush their lunch.
Patch: What is the best part of being a business on the Square?
Smith: I love the constant change of people. We get a lot of tourists so we are constantly meeting new people and hearing their stories.
Patch: Is there anything else that you want readers to know about you and your shop?
Smith: Lizards & Lollipopz has a full party room; we do birthday parties and artist/crafting classes and rent it out for private parties.