Rascally rabbit is the big draw for local children’s clothing store

Bun Bun the bunny has made quite a few friends around downtown Winslow and has grown a bit of her own fan club.

Karin Lehotsky spends her days working with Bun Bun at Lollipops

All about Winslow people have been buzzing about bunny sightings.

Not a carrot chomping jokester, or an Energizer powered drummer. Not even a 6-foot invisible rabbit is creating such a fervor.

Bun Bun the bunny has made quite a few friends around downtown Winslow and has grown a bit of her own fan club.

“She’s the famous one in the store,” said Karin Lehotsky, owner of Lollipops in the Winslow Mall, a store that specializes in children’s clothing and accessories.

The store features Bun Bun the bunny, who has become somewhat of a mascot for the business.

“I don’t know how she was trained, but she just stays,” Lehotsky said. “She’s like a little princess in the store.”

Bun Bun has been a fixture at the children’s boutique ever since last year when the shop offered its annual Easter photo shoot. Every year Lehotsky gets bunnies for the photos and Bun Bun was one of the fluffy models.

But when the event was over, she didn’t want to leave.

“Kids kept coming by after the shoot to see her, so I kept her,” Lehotsky said.

Now Bun Bun calls Lollipops her home and greets visitors to the store, and many are impressed by the well-behaved and charming bunny.

“People don’t realize that bunnies can be a great pet,” Lehotsky said. “But not in a cage; with freedom they are great.”

Bun Bun certainly enjoys her freedom. She bunny hops around the store, often pulling around her own purple stuffed bunny. She sometimes visits her friends at the Berry Patch, a neighboring store in the mall.

She is also known to beg for treats, and can leave quite an impression.

“The breeder told me that people were calling her asking for the Lollipops bunny,” Lehotsky said.

Bun Bun has since retired from her days as a model. She doesn’t like being held, just petted.

But mostly, she can be a bit jealous and doesn’t appreciate affection being diverted to other bunnies in the store.

Lollipops has been in operation for nine years. The store specializes in children’s clothing and accessories offering new and consignment clothing.

Lehotsky has also made a special effort to feature and support locally produced products.

“I have probably eight local artists who make items for the store,” she said.

From cards to knitted hats and blankets, the work of local crafters can be found lining the shelves in the store.

“I do try really hard to support the local artists as well to support this community,” Lehotsky said.

Lehotsky made the move to offer consignment clothing two years ago and found that it doubled her business.

“It definitely created a bigger range of customers,” Lehotsky said. “The stuff comes to the store in beautiful condition. If they wear it out, it doesn’t come in here.”

The clothes are in such good condition customers might not initially realize that some items have been gently used, but there’s no arguing with the price.

While the business itself attracts its share of customers, Bun Bun remains the star of the store.

“I get kids in here daily to see Bun Bun,” Lehotsky said. “Then I’ll get people from a retirement center to check on the rabbit.”

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