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Kids' Shop Offers Top-Quality Duds at Parent-Friendly Prices

January 22, 1998|GERI COOK | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The closing of the Stork Shop last month was a sad day for many mothers and grandmothers. It was one of the few places in Southern California where one could find new quality apparel at reasonable prices for the small fry in our lives.

But along comes A-Plus Kids Store with some extraordinary deals on good stuff for children. Gary and Irena Zaks opened just a little over a year ago when they had been buying clothing for their children Michelle, 7, and Gregory, 5, and were horrified at the prices. So they decided there was a need for quality children's apparel at discounted prices.

The inventory here is made up of manufacturers' overstocks, close-outs and liquidations, but it is all first quality. To the left as you enter are displays of the upscale merchandise (also displayed on the walls throughout), and I was greeted by a charming Sylvia Whyte two-piece dress.

But I thought they had made an error on the tag, which said, "Our price $79.99" next to another sticker stating the price as $39.99. No mistake, says Gary Zaks. "It was selling at a major discounter for $79.99. The original price was around $120," he said.

Some of the most sought-after labels are on the racks--and, as usual, there is more stuff for girls than for boys. A Bambolini party dress that sold at boutiques for $70 and up is $20, and a velvet Nicole by Dorissa is $22.40 instead of $80.

If you've shopped the major boutiques, you know the Awesome label, which you'll find on the racks, along with the popular Creme de la Creme (a one-piece for a toddler was $11.99), Pourquoi (Mes Enfants) and Jumpadoo. There are also some excellent buys on pajamas, sleepers and tights.

Before you make your selection, check out the sale items for $3, $5 and $8.

* A-Plus Kids Store, 425 S. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 937-8323. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Major credit cards.

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Weekend Super Sale: The owners of Eres have decided to close the doors after many years and are selling off their huge inventory of incredible fabrics. Used by the wardrobe departments of the motion picture and television industries for many years and a secret source for many seasoned seamstresses, Eres has fabrics you just can't find anywhere else and from now until they are cleaned out, the tags reflect 60% off the original prices and 70% off remnants. Selection includes beautiful silks and wools. 10305 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles. Cash, credit cards only.

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