Meet Joy Cha from Love Lemon Loves Lime

February 17, 2011

Filed under: Fun, General — admin @ 4:48 pm

We get a lot of “ooohhhs” and “aahhhs” in our Evanston children boutique, and lately Lemon Loves Lime has been prompting a great share of it. This fabulous line, designed by Joy Cha, is beyond doubt, one of the most unique girls’ collections out there at present. Two signature design elements make Lemon Loves Lime so distinctive: masses of ruffles and exquisite crocheted appliqués. The clothes catch the eyes of every girly girl!

Lemon Loves Lime Mermaid Top

Joy moved from New York to the Chicago area about two years ago. So, we like to refer to her as a “local designer”, even though that’s pushing the envelope! Joy is a very genuine person, who answers her own phone and emails. She has kindly agreed to answer a few questions so that we can all learn more about her and her amazing creations!

MPTM: How did you start designing children’s clothing?
JC: I have been designing for 25 years. For 20 years I designed women’s wear on 7th Ave, New York. I had a hard time getting pregnant, nevertheless was blessed with a daughter. She was a miracle child. When she was born I sewed, knitted and crocheted a lot of outfits for her. Lemon Loves Lime is about my love for my daughter. I have combined my passion of design and my love for her.

MPTM: Where/how do you get your inspiration?
JC: My inspiration is through my daughter’s eyes, her interest, her favorite things to do, her favorite animals, her favorite toys and activities. She is the Lemon Loves Lime girl. I take this opportunity to share my passion with other moms that feel the same way with their daughters.

MPTM: What are the best and the worst thing in your profession?
JC: The best thing in this business is that I have freedom to design, not just follow the “trends”. And travel to different countries with my partner/husband and our daughter and share these wonderful experiences together. The worst thing is that I worry that my dear daughter will grow up so quickly and I will not be able to dress her up in 5 years; I guess the next thing to do is to make a prom dress, and then a wedding dress for her. And go into that business…LOL.

We say: watch out, Vera Wang!

At Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, one of the most popular Spring 11 styles has been the Mermaid top, a wearable work of art, with a lovely crochet mermaid, accented with sparkly beads and cascading ruffles on the shoulders. The ruffled shorts and skorts are also a favorite. In pretty colors, they match a variety of tops. And nobody else will have one like hers!

Even with the elaborate cuts and delicate embellishments, Lemon Loves Lime is surprisingly easy to wear. Dresses, skirts and tops are made out of cloud soft pima cotton knit. Most styles are pull over, with none of the buttons or zippers that most kids detest.

Lemon Loves Lime Ruffle Top and Arched Skirt

Come see Joy’s fabulous creations at Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, our Evanston Children’s Boutique, or on-line at . Joy’s web site is

Sleep Under–Wear Your PJ’s

September 30, 2009

Filed under: Events, Fun — admin @ 2:17 pm

Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony are proud to present:

Nili Yelin, the Storybook Mom in

Sleep Under–Wear Your PJ’s

The popular Saturday morning children’s show offer a great way to introduce young children to theatre, storybooks, music and engage their senses in an immediate and interactive way. Come in your PJs! Nili will be in hers!

Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00am

Wilmette Theater

1122 Central Ave.

Wilmette, IL 60091


Tickets $12.

More info and advance tickets at

Sponsored by Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony

Mamacitas & Big Mamas

March 27, 2009

Filed under: Events, Fun, General — admin @ 1:59 pm

We had a great time last night with Patti Vasquez Mamacita’s at the Wilmette Theatre. She is too funny, and human too! A real mom, with real problems and real blessings and a great sense of humor to tackle it all. 

Lots of moms and grandmas at the audience, but I was happy to see several guys too! And everybody took home a little gift from Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, proud sponsors of the show!

I highly recommend seeing her show if you have the opportunity!

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