2013 – Turning A New Leaf – With New Ownership:

The newsboys of Noahs Ark Baby Shop2In April of 2013, Change comes to Noah’s Ark, Meri Lynn decided it was time to turn over the reigns to the next generation of babies and with thousands of memories and happy baby stories behind her.

The New Owners are Stephannie and Mark, along with the “Newsboys” little Jionni, and in 2014 came the newest addition to the Noah’s Ark family, his younger brother, Carmine.

We are looking forward to carrying on the legacy of Noah’s Ark Baby Shop and continuing to serve the parents of North Myrtle Beach, and the many needs of visitors to the area.

If you haven’t stopped in lately, or have never been – drop in and say “Hi” and get to know how Noah’s Ark Baby Shop can help you with all of your Baby Equipment needs.

Noah's Ark Baby Shop - Stephannie-MeriLynn-JionniIn The Beginning:  ( Meri Lynn’s Story )

In May 1999, I found out I was pregnant. At the age of 43, no less !!!  I already had three boys aged 24, 13 and 12.  I wasn’t prepared for this.  Noah was supposed to be born on  01/01/2000 (A millennium baby!)

During the months of my pregnancy, I discovered there was not a single store that carried baby furniture or baby equipment in the entire Myrtle Beach area. I wound up ordering my crib out of the J.C. Penney’s catalog and made a trip to Charleston (the closest Babies r Us) to purchase my car seat and stroller.

Not really knowing the direction I was going, I leased a small space at the North Myrtle Beach Flea Market and started collecting used baby things to resell. I opened for business in January 2000.  Noah was only days old!!!

One year into “Noah’s Ark Baby Shop”, business was booming.  I knew I needed to expand, so that we could be open more than on weekends.  With the help of my dear friend Martie, we found the perfect location to launch a new fully operational store on Hwy 17 in North Myrtle Beach. While the new location continued to grow and expand, I continued to work the flea market on the weekends for 5 more years.

One of the great things about owning my own business was being able to bring Noah to work with me.  There was always a crib or swing for Noah to use, it was the perfect match to be a full time working mom.  The first person I hired was my good friend Diana. We were both due on January 1, but, her daughter Samantha was born January 3, 2000.

So, as two new moms with two new babies, we went to work building a business selling all types of baby products.  To fill up the store, we purchased what’s called pallet products. These were new things from department stores that were either returns or clearance items. I went to a warehouse and bought pallets of mostly baby things and we would sort through, put together and fix things to sell.

As time went by and the kids grew up, the store grew, also.  We started adding products from Baby Ganz®, Russ Berrie®, Kids Preferred®, and Unique Tots®.  By the end of 2006, we had outgrown our current facility. A great opportunity presented itself with the availability of a space just two doors down from our present location. We moved the entire store contents between Christmas and New Years 2006.

Also, we added Melissa and Doug®. This company makes a great line of developmental toys and puzzles. We added most requested items, like shopping cart covers, baby beach tents and tub toys.