They say you can take the girl out of Atlanta, but you can’t take Atlanta out of the girl.
No matter where she roams, ensure she never forgets where it started with a Baby Soft-Map Quilt from Haptic Lab. Emily Fischer, seamstress extraordinaire, knots and embroiders city hot spots of your choosing (the hospital, her first address, the local park) onto a cotton quilt that’s been digitally printed with a graphic representation of the place you call home.
The 42-by-36-inch blankies come in pink, navy, or green, to match just about any color scheme. Plus, they have thick, cozy batting that keeps baby warm on walks and offers plenty of cushion for tummy time.
Cities include Dallas, Boston, D.C., Philly, Chicago, and Seattle, to name just a few. Lucky New Yorkers can get hyperlocal with neighborhood-specific quilts (Dumbo, Prospect Park), and even international babes in Paris, London, Sydney, and Vancouver are covered — literally and figuratively.
Available online at hapticlab.com, $95 and up.
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Little Shop of Stories
What: Readings, cake, and lots of entertainment for the beloved bookstore’s fifth anniversary this month.
Why: Local bluegrass band Whistlin’ Rufus will sing a rollicking rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
When: Thurs., 7 p.m.
Where: 133a E. Court Sq., Decatur (404-373-6300). Participation is free.
Backpack in the Park
What: Lend a hand by donating book bags filled with school supplies or a $30 gift card.
Why: Live summer up with fun activities before the daily grind begins.
When: Sun., 4-8 p.m.
Where: Piedmont Park, 1071 Piedmont Ave., at the Greystone special events facility (404-875-7275).
Youth Sports & Health Expo
What: Free screenings and activities to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Why: While there, watch mini Shaqs dribble and dunk at the Hoopatlanta basketball tournament.
When: Sat., 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, halls a1 & a2 (404-223-4200). For more info, call 404-348-2360. Admission, adults, $8; ages 6-17, $5; 5 and under, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Haptic Lab
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