About us

Little Pickles is a kids’ haven in the heart of New York's Hudson River Valley. We are:

  • A Toy Store with pizzazz
  • A Sweet Shop for every sweet tooth
  • A Boutique with style that features shoes and accessories
  • Special Events from time-to-time
  • Gift Baskets & Gift Certificates
  • Balloons for every occasion
  • and an ever-growing website with a thoughtfully curated collection of toys, shoes, and gear

 

Our Mission 

At Little Pickles we believe that children deserve to shop in a place where they feel welcome and safe. We believe they deserve to be greeted upon arrival and treated with respect and dignity throughout their shopping experience. We believe that the environment in which they shop should be fun and engaging. We believe that kids deserve a truly magical experience when they are shopping, so that they will remember how wonderful it is, and will want to come back again and again.

We believe that play is fundamental to the healthy cognitive, emotional, and social development of every child and have gathered together a unique selection of merchandise, from practical to whimsical, that will support children as they live and play.  We believe that every child deserves a good book to read, an engaging toy to play with, a comfortable and durable pair of shoes, and a little candy to suck on.  With these every child has an opportunity to thrive.  

 

Our Founder

Rebecca Rothstein: Rebecca has a Master’s degree in Museum & Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate College of Education and she has NY state teaching certificates in Childhood and Early Childhood Education.  She worked as a Pre-K head teacher at the Roosevelt Island Day Nursery in New York City before moving to Red Hook in 2010, when she opened Little Pickles Family Day care in her home. She believes wholeheartedly in a progressive child development and education pedagogy that finds its roots in the research and writings of educational pioneers such as John Dewey, Lev Vygotsky, Jean Piaget & Howard Gardner.  Rebecca launched and runs Little Pickles with the close support of her husband, Craig Rothstein, Little Pickles Partner and Co-Owner. They are parents to Georgina (a beautiful, musical girl born in 2005) and Harry (a mischievous little pickle born in 2012).