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monkey & the bug!

What happens when the owner of a stylish boutique gets knocked up? She births yet another shop, of course.

Stel’s co-owner Tina Burgos had twins last year, prompting her to open her latest addition: the kids’ spot Monkey & the Bug. The subterranean store-within-a-store stocks indie-designer items not otherwise found in town. Browse clothing (Nico Nico organic leggings, Imps & Elfs denim), toys (I Golfini Della Nona stuffed animals, Confetti System metallic pinatas), and lots more.

It’s all fertile ground for gifts.

Monkey & the Bug, inside Stel’s, 334 Newbury Street, between Hereford Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Back Bay (617-262-3348 or shopstels.com).

this week in boston!
The Enchanted Village
Become mesmerized by more than 250 animated creatures in a 1950s-style display of 28 holiday scenes.
Why: It’s old-school fun.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Jordan’s Furniture, 100 Stockwell Dr., Avon (508-580-4900).

Children’s Holiday Party
What: Interactive performances, crafts, and refreshments in a historic mansion.
Why: Santa drops by, obv.
When: Wed. & Thurs., 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Rd., Ipswich. Registration (required) by calling 978-356-4351.

The Velveteen Rabbit
What: Boston Children’s Theatre presents the classic story of a plush bunny that wants to become real.
Why: Hop to it.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Grand Lodge of Masons, 186 Tremont St., Downtown Crossing. Tickets at 866-811-4111 or online at ovationtix.com.

Jordan's Furniture
100 Stockwell Dr
Avon, MA 02322
Castle Hill on the Crane Estate
290 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938
Grand Lodge of Masons
186 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02108
334 Newbury St
bt Hereford St & Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115