Food & Drink

Too Cool for Preschool

The temptation to be a cool mom is mighty. But while giving in to Baby’s lollipop craving may earn you a short-term smile, that doesn’t make it a good idea.

A better one: Take your mini-me to new Salem kids’ store Chulamama. Named for the Spanish word for “cool” (chula), it’s operated by two moms who value style but insist on substance.

You’ll find adorable, organic Sckoon clothing, sweet PetuniaPetunia crocheted mobiles, a rugged Skuut wooden bike, and a Super Natural Baby screen-printed diaper clutch, which, in a pinch, could serve as an impromptu evening bag.

Looks like you’ve found a way to let everyone keep their cool.

Chulamama, 320 Derby Street, Salem (888-424-8526 or

This Week in Boston

What: Ring in fall with folk and jazz music, life-size puppets, and a 40-pound river bell.
Why: Put a ding in it.
When: Sun, 5:45 p.m.
Where: On the banks of the Charles River at the Weeks Footbridge, Cambridge (617-972-8300).

Kids’ Prix Fixe Menu

What: Start with a pasta (like fettuccine or penne), choose a sauce (try marinara or butter and cheese), and have ice cream for dessert.
Why: Don’t be a wet noodle.
When: Sun., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Vela, 312 Washington St., Wellesley (781-235-4449).

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320 Derby St
Salem, MA 01970