By Raiza Giorgi
As fathers to two children, Kiel and Matthew Cavalli of Los Alamos wanted their work to be near their daughter and son. When the opportunity arose to purchase the former ONE Consignment store in Buellton, they jumped at the chance and officially took over in June.
The Cavallis renamed the store “ONEderChild Children’s Gifts and Consignments,” and they want it to be a welcoming space for all members of a family.
“We’ve had some dads come in looking for a gift for their kids, people from out of town needing shoes for a wedding, store regulars and first-timers that have really enjoyed the new space. If you want to bring your kids in and shop, we have toys for them to play with. All are welcome,” Matt said.
“We promote diversity and acceptance. We have items from many cultures, as there are many rituals that other cultures use to celebrate new life, from burning sage to worry dolls and special lotions,” Kiel added.
The store has been completely remodeled with an modern industrial vibe, and Kiel and his father built most of the furniture and racks.
“We loved visiting Maria (Bellefeuille, the former owner), and this environment felt so much like home we were really excited to step in and create a new opportunity and space for families to come in and shop, not only for consignment clothing but gifts and new clothes as well,” Kiel said.
Kiel moved to the Santa Ynez Valley at the age of four when his parents bought a property in Santa Ynez and built their house. He and his little sister Katie grew up attending Santa Ynez Elementary, Solvang Elementary and then Santa Ynez Valley Union High School. He graduated in 2001.
“I stuck around for awhile but then decided I needed to leave and experience other places. so I lived in Spokane, Washington, for a few years and moved to Santa Barbara, where I met Matt. I really just knew we were meant to be together, and here we are 10 years later,” Kiel said.
Matt grew up in Nipomo and graduated from Arroyo Grande High School and moved to San Luis Obispo to be a dance teacher at the Academy of Dance SLO.
“I taught at Allan Hancock College for a while and got to dance for Disneyland. It was so fun. After living in Texas for a few years after that, I moved home and worked at a retail clothing store where I met Kiel,” he said.
It was their experience working in retail, and especially after adopting their two kids, that really interested them in buying the children’s store to be involved in the kids’ community.
“Like our motto we have on the wall, ‘One Life, One Love, One Community’,” Matt added.
The store is keeping its consignment aspect, but the new owners have added new clothes, toys, shoes and gifts.
“Our prices are comparable to Amazon, and you don’t have to wait for two-day shipping,” Kiel laughed.
They have bigger product lines such as Melissa and Doug and Begin Again, but they also want to carry local products and feature handmade items. A popular item they have sold is a simple handmade jacket from a recycled Pendleton blanket and leather. It was made by a woman in Gaviota who sews in her free time.
They have a two-year lease on the current space but they already see the need for a bigger facility and have created a list of ideas they want to implement, for a parent meeting space, kids’ activities and more.
“We got tired of running to the grocery store for a quick gift for a birthday party. We wanted to bring in quality toys that will last and aren’t expensive,” Matt said.
They are also keeping the maternity and women’s section and adding unique items such as salt lamps and beach blankets.
“We have all of the consignment items from before and have large items like strollers and ‘pack and plays,’ so if someone is looking for something specific, call us and we can bring out what we have,” Matt said.
ONEderChild is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 240 E. Highway 246 in Buellton. They encourage people to follow their social media sites to see specials and giveaways.