owners Stacy Smith and John Rossiter opened the store over two years ago. of , an eclectic gift boutique that has been on Marietta Square for nine years.
Patch: Why did you decide to open 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.