Park Slope

Breastfeeding & Babywearing Shop Boing Boing To Close After 18 Years


Boing Boing, 204 6th Ave
Boing Boing, the mom-centric shop that opened at 204 6th Avenue, on the corner of Union Street, in 1996 will be closing its doors so owner Karen Paperno can focus on a new project.

After 18 years — and one recent close-call with shutting down the shop — Karen’s decided to move on and help new mothers in Haiti. She emails:

Hello Neighbor!

Boing Boing, the 1st breastfeeding babywearing shop in the USA, has been a Park Slope institution since 1996. I have worked hard connecting thousands of women through our free mother’s groups, and have had the honor of teaching many of you the benefits of babywearing. They say when one door closes, another opens, so it with great joy and sadness, that I am announcing the closing my shop after 18 years.

While I have had the privilege of serving our community, there are countless others who don’t have the resources we do. With your help, I can do what I do best, where it is needed most.

I am starting with Haiti.

I am thrilled to have been invited to go there with Rockin Baby Sling on their “Mother to Mother” mission.

Your $10.00 donation would mean the world to me! To find out how you can help even more, and to share, simply click here!

Thank you for your support, and may the Boing of Life continue!!

Karen Paperno

For additional updates, check out the Boing Boing Facebook page.

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  1. This is the most RAH RAH gung-ho cheerleader/newsletter post I’ve seen on PSP in a while. Is no one willing to call out Karen over her hypocrisy considering how much she was whining about her lack of business acumen eight months ago? Are people going to just donate to her all over again after she was so ungrateful about earlier this year? She’s a scammer and comes across as a fraud. Good riddance.

  2. On one hand, the store was a great resource for new parents like myself. on the other, yeah, she’s batshit crazy & has no idea how to run a business.


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