THE BUZZ ABOUT WATERLEMON 

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CHICAGO MAGAZINE

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Voted most Instagrammable indoor play space: It's a perennial parental conundrum: Go stir-crazy at home or risk contracting coxsackievirus at an indoor play hell. The solution? This breezy storefront, owned by former HGTV producer Nina Makovski and her husband, where the toys are (mostly) made of wood, the coffee is delicious, and every surface is spotless.

WGN - AROUND TOWN

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Waterlemon, whose name is a fun play-on-words that nods to the often-jumbled way toddlers pronounce certain multi-syllable tongue twisters, is a one-of-a-kind concept store. It includes a boutique featuring carefully curated children’s clothes and accessories, toys, party décor and gifts for the entire family. There is also a café where the coffee is always fresh and the fare always delicious, and of course, an inspiring play space perfectly suited for children aged 0-5. The café seating area and play space are also available for private parties on weekends, offering parents a clean, stylish, intimate setting for up to 45 guests.

CHICAGO PARENT MAGAZINE

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Where: 25 S. La Grange Road, La Grange
This light, airy spot that is a combo playplace, retail boutique and cafe gives you plenty of reasons to dream about sunny days.

What kids will love: A custom-built clubhouse with two slides, a reading corner and multiple play zones with toys.

What parents will love: Space to relax and shop while the kids play, plus freshly brewed coffee.

LIVE HERE RIVERSIDE

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In our conversation, we discuss how Nina and her family decided to leave LA returning to their midwest roots when their daughter was born, how their desire to provide a place with something for everyone in the family lead to opening Waterlemon Kids, and how Riverside has delivered in spades providing the neighborly interactions and small town experiences that they were missing out west.

SUBURBAN LIFE

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Waterlemon is not your typical indoor playground. And no, that’s not a spelling error.

A fun play-on-words of children’s common mispronunciations of difficult words, Waterlemon seeks to bring a warm, cozy space for children and parents alike to spend time together.

Located in the heart of downtown La Grange, the sleek and stylish indoor play space offers a creative area for children to explore, a cafe and retail shop all in one.

THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Nina Makovski, who has ties to the area, plans to open the Waterlemon shop with husband, Paul, at 25 S. La Grange Road, after receiving zoning approvals Monday from the La Grange Village Board.

“I love this town so much I moved back from California to raise my daughter here,” Makovski said. She grew up in La Grange Park, graduated from Lyons Township High School and says she has many fond memories of the downtown area.

GIFT SHOP MAG 2020

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Waterlemon, an Illinois brick-and-mortar business, connects with shoppers and captures toy sales. Nina Joseph Makovski and her husband Paul, opened Waterlemon in 2019 and have had great success with toys "that you'll find yourself saving for their children". 
"We carry mostly wooden toys which really resonate with our customers who want sustainable items in their homes. They wear well and get better with age.", Makovski said.

GIFT SHOP MAG 2020

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How have you transitioned your selling strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Since temporarily closing our brick and mortar due to Covid-19, we’re more heavily focused on driving online sales. We’ve also just created our signature Waterlemon Birthday Bash Boxes, which are basically, you guessed it, a Birthday Party in a Box! So far they’re doing great for us as people still want to celebrate!