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Del Ray’s Bellies & Babies Changes Ownership

Thank you to all my amazing friends and supporters & employees over the years!

Bellies & Babies founder Dawn Luepke passes the baton of ownership after 10 years to Lee Raynes over a celebratory bottle of champagne. (Photo: Bellies & Babies)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In a social media post on New Year’s Day, Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique founder Dawn Luepke announced she has sold the popular children’s clothing store business to Lee Raynes.

Sharing that she just wrapped up 2019 selling the business she started ten years ago, Luepke stated, “Being a small business owner/entrepreneur has been an incredible and sometimes hard, definitely humbling journey that I am really thankful for. Thank you to all my amazing friends and supporters & employees over the years!!! And for my biggest supporter in it with me, Tim Luepke!”

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Bellies & Babies was a dream of Luepke’s over a decade ago. After having two kids just 15 months apart, Luepke recognized the challenges of finding affordable yet quality clothing for a working Mom and growing kids. As the shop’s website says, “Realizing that other parents were also in need, the idea of Bellies & Babies was born!”

​New owner Lee Raynes says, “I am excited to launch some new things in the new year, including a concierge service, and we will become your one-stop shop for all your parenting needs.”

Bellies and Babies is located at 1913 Mt. Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and is reopening on January 3.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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