Valentine Mini Sessions 2013! / Topeka Photographer

Check out these cute kiddos that were in the studio Saturday! If you know them you may be one of the lucky ones who they will share their adorable valentines with! :-)



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Day 12 of Shopping Local, BellaRay Mom About Town / Dee & Mee Hobbies


Dee & Mee Hobbies is yet another great shop located inside the Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center!

They are open Monday-Friday 11-7, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-4


www.deeandmeehobbies.netRich Zeller is the owner of this great grown-up toy store.

Dee and Mee has been in business for 25 years, and Rich worked here 6 years before buying the place for himself 3 years ago.

He is friendly and helpful and will help guide you in choosing the best gift for your needs. The difference between buying your toys locally and online is the personalized service you will get (not to mention you are supporting a fellow Topekian!) and they will even help teach you how to make your new toy go!

Dee and Mee is unique because when you go in the shop you will have the opportunity to try out the hottest items there in the store! They demonstrated these helicopters for me, and got a little too risky, and I was able to catch the crash on this pic!

Which makes it the perfect time to mention that they carry a Huge selection of in-stock parts for all your toys. If you break a part they will help you get it back on the road, or in the air for free (you have to pay for the part). This helicopter survived with only one part needing to be replaced, and 5min later it was back up and running! All of the employees are experts and can help you repair, or teach you about the fun toy you bought.

They also have this big open area with a jump ramp that you can try out several cars there in the shop! I think these two were having a little too much fun. :-) you cannot see it, but they were actually jumping the truck over a helicopter!

Dee and Mee offers High End Quality RC cars, helpcopters, planes, trains, slot cars and all “That stuff that goes!”

The shop is super fun to walk around. There is a train overhead on a track, and a full little mini train set in the front window. Cars to Jump and Helicopters to fly, you should take some time this holiday and go check them out!

Every Man (and woman!) from 8-80 has the desire to race and fly fun things that go, wither they realize it yet or not, if you get your guy a toy from here, you will for sure be on their good list all year!

**And as a special for all our readers, if you mention that you saw them on the BellaRay “Mom About Town” you will receive 5% off your in-stock purchase.

Thanks so much for following our 12 Days of Shopping local!

We will be contiunung on these awesome small business highlights and specials all of 2013 too, at least once a month, so click the link below and sign up to get an email when we feature our next shop! We would also love to hear suggestions for a store to highlight!

Thanks, And Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Year!

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Day 11 “Mom About Town” 12 days of shopping local! / Boho Mojo


Boho Mojo is a fun little shop located in the heart of downtown topeka

728 S. Kansas Ave Topeka Ks


This shop is a Fair Trade approved shop. They sell beautiful hand-made items from around the world.

They have Men’s, Women’s, and Children’s clothing, accessories, Jewelry and Gifts.

Because these items are beautifully hand-made they are truly one of a kind! And the shop carries very little duplicate items, so every-time you go back you will find something new and exciting!

The shoppers of this cute little place say they love the selection of fun and unique items!

They are open Monday-Friday 9:30-6, And stay open late Thursday till 8, and Saturday 11-3

I loved these beautiful Fair Trade felted purses! My girls would love them too!

They have a whole wall of colorful clothing and accessories including bows and flowers for your little princess.

People also know them for their tie dye items.

In the back of the shop they have a custom screen-printing, embroidery shop for all of your team or corporate shirts and uniforms! Named Reliant Apparel (same phone number.)

And dont forget to check out the fun selection of silly cards while you are there!

So while you are out finishing up your shopping, check out Boho Mojo! “Where the coast meets Kansas Ave!”

**And as a special just for our readers, mention that you saw them here and get 25% off through New Years!


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Day 10 of Mom about Town. Topeka shop local 12 day event! / Hazel Hill


It is Day 10! Only 2 more days till Christmas. Are you Ready!??

Today we are featuring the Yummy Hazel Hill!

I love chocolate. Like LOVE it. So of course we had to feature Hazel Hill!

Partially because I just really wanted an excuse to go in and get something chocolaty! :-)

They are located in downtown Topeka at 724 South Kansas Ave

Their hours are Monday-Friday 10-7 and Saturday 10-6

**Holiday Hours are Monday-Friday 10-8 and Saturday 10-6

**They will be open Christmas Eve 9am-4pm for all you last minute shoppers!

The late hours make it easier to pop in after the crowds have left downtown and get close parking for a quick treat!

Their website is:

(785) 215-8883


Hazel Hill is a family tradition in excellent Chocolate!

Here is an excerpt from their website about their story:

Owners, Nick and Terry Xidis, invest their hearts and hands in fine chocolate and confectionery.

Hazel Hill, Terry’s grandmother, is a symbol of their dedication to a family tradition of “the best in everything they do.” Nick is the third generation chocolatier and in keeping with traditions, they use only the finest ingredients, chocolate, fresh cream and butter, to produce handmade treats that explode with flavor. Made the old fashioned way, in small batches, by hand, you’ll taste the craftsmanship in every bite. 

Hazel Hill’s heritage thrives through every delicious morsel of handmade candy.

They have ready to go gift wrapped trays and candy bags ready as a last minute sweet for someone you love!

And seriously, the apples are AMAZING! They Hazel Hill one is too yummy for words, you must just go and try one! :-)

Ok, if your mouth isn’t drooling after those pictures we can no longer be friends. Just kidding! But seriously, you may need to get your taste buds checked. ;-)

Hazel Hill also has a location open in the Westridge Mall located in the bottom level by Sears. They are open normal mall hours and have a good selection of their apples and other yummy chocolates for you to grab while out seeing Santa!

**And as a special to all our awesome readers, they have agreed to offer a 10% discount on all in-stock grab and go purchases at the downtown location through Christmas! So run in, grab some sweets and a sweet discount and tell them I said hi! (You must mention you saw them here on BellaRay’s Mom About Town to get the 10% off!)

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Mom About Town Day 9. Topeka Shopping Local / Moxy hair studio


Today’s feature shop is Moxy Hair Studio!

They are conveniently located at 3700 SW Burlingame Rd.
Suite #400 Topeka, KS 66609

Studio hours are Tuesday-Thursday 9am-8pm, Friday 9-5 & Saturday 8-3

You can visit them online at


I got to spend a little time getting to know these 5 fabulous girls and see them in action working their hair magic!

Moxy hair studio is “Addicted to hair.” Their studio is a bright, fresh and clean space.

They are the only Salon in Topeka to offer Bumble & Bumble, the amazing hair product line, and they use it exclusively.

They offer their services in all things hair, manicures, spa pedicures & waxing.

Jenny & Christina started this business together 4 years ago. Jenny says that it was always a dream of hers to own her own hair studio and when she was ready for the next level her and her best friend Christina made it happen! Yes, they have stayed best friends through all of it and they are loving it!

The Moxy girls are friendly, fun & up to date on all the latest trends, without being Too “trendy.”

Their clients are the Woman of Topeka who have an eye for style and want someone to help them achieve hair perfection!


Christina says that their most popular products are the Hairdressers Oil, which helps make your hair touchably soft, or the thickening spray to give your hair a little Oomph! (Perfect size for a little stocking stuffer for yourself!) They even have these little ready to go gift pouches for a quick gift of beauty this season! Pair it with a gift card and you will be someones hero!c


Christina (pictured above) is Co-Owner and loves to cut and style hair.

One of her clients getting her hair done that day gave her the compliment that “She listens & Gently Glides.”

Isn’t that what we should all want in our stylist!?


Jenny (pictured above) is the other Co-Owner and has been cutting hair for 12 years.  She is soft spoken and sweet. Smiling as she takes care of her long list of loyal clients. She describes herself as a Good listener, and the girls all agree she is the glue that holds their group together!

Heather (pictured above) is a cutting specialist. She cut hair in California for 6 years before coming to Moxy where she was know for her awesome cuts. She is Great with Color and loves Up-Do’s. She has a friendly outgoing personality and will make sure when you leave her chair you look your very best!


Adrienne (pictured above) has been cutting hair for 7 years. She has a fun outgoing personality and is the first to greet you with a smile when you walk in the door. She likes doing color and continues her education so she can help you stay up to date on the latest trends.

Aimee (pictured above) is super bubbly and friendly. She is an expert at Thick & Curly hair. She can rock a blow-out and love to style hair for parties. She has been cutting hair for 5 years and would love to help you put your best hair forward!

If you are looking for a new place to get your hair all glammed up, I think you should give Moxy a ring! The girls were great, the studio was beautiful and bright and you will love the Bumble & Bumble products they use!

**And as a special offer just to our readers, mention that you saw them here on BellaRay’s Mom About Town, and you will receive $15 off any service! Expires Jan 31st, 2013.**

Don’t forget to tell them I said hi!

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