Capturing a special moment

Vintage Baby offers elective ultrasounds

Clothing racks featuring a variety of dresses and T-shirts, many of which are hand-pressed by store owner Julie Tesi are shown on display at Vintage Baby LLC, located at 12-14 E. Fulton St. in Gloversville on Thursday. Vintage Baby offers a full range of boutique items for babies and their families as well as elective ultrasounds photographs available in both 2D and 3D. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

GLOVERSVILLE — For many people, the birth of a child is often regarded as a rewarding and life-changing experience. But for mothers-to-be, the pregnancy is its own unique and extra-special gift — a brief moment in time wherein mother and child are bound together as one. Julie Tesi, owner of Vintage Baby LLC in the city, now offers local mothers-to-be and their families a way to capture that special moment with elective ultrasound photographs.

Vintage Baby LLC, located at 12-14 E. Fulton St. in Gloversville, is a boutique dedicated especially to babies and their parents and families. The store features various jewelry items such as mother/child pendants, shirts hand-pressed by Tesi herself featuring slogans like “big sister” and “I’m the big brothersaurus,” and sparkling birthday crowns.

But perhaps the most distinctive offering from Vintage Baby LLC are the elective ultrasounds which are done in-house. Tesi, a licensed ultrasound technician, offers both 2D and 3D imaging for moms-to-be, with chosers of the 2D option receiving black and white photos while chosers of the 3D option receive colorized pictures of their little ones in utero.

Tesi said that the ultrasounds she performs at Vintage Baby are not done for medical purposes but are instead done “for fun” and to offer families a memento of their child’s time in the womb.

“There’s nothing in our area like this,” Tesi said.

Sparkling birthday crowns are shown on display at Vintage Baby LLC, located at 12-14 E. Fulton St. in Gloversville on Thursday. Vintage Baby offers a full range of boutique items for babies and their families as well as elective ultrasounds photographs available in both 2D and 3D. (The Leader-Herald/Josh Bovee)

Ultrasounds at Vintage Baby are done both by appointment and on a walk-in basis as time permits.

In addition to the boutique and ultrasound services, Tesi said she hopes to utilize her store space as a venue for childrens’ parties in the near future. Located at the former Gloversville Elk’s Lodge and later the Vintage Manor banquet hall, the building, which is owned by Tesi, features a ball room and snack bar that she said she intends to make use of. Tesi said she hopes to offer soft drinks, popcorn, cotton candy and hot dogs.

Vintage Baby LLC is currently open on Thursdays and Saturdays and by appointment. Tesi, who in addition to owning and running Vintage Baby, works full time as a certified midwife, receives help around the shop from her teenage children.

For more information on Vintage Baby LLC including ultrasound pricing, items available for purchase or to set up an appointment, call (518) 752-4664 or visit them online at http://www.facebook.com/VintageBabyLLC/.

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