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Meet the owners of the flourishing kid’s resale shop Smarty Pants and La Bella Salon and Beauty Lounge, Leslie and James Engledow. The Engledow’s and their 5 children ages 18, 17, 16, 15, and 13 have called Crawford home for 10 years with never a dull moment.


James and Leslie opened Smarty Pants in May 2000 to help Waco families meet their needs on a budget. “Kids grow out of their clothes and toys every six months and the items are nearly new with a lot of value. Our goal is to buy your outgrown items from you on the spot so you can shop for the clothes you really need and stay within your budget.” They feel like they are doing their part of helping the economy by recycling gently used clothes, toys and furniture while passing on great savings to their shoppers.


James and Leslie contribute the success of Smarty Pants to their talented and driven employees that care about the goals of the company. “We strive to make a difference in each of our employees' lives. May it be to help them save to buy a car or to pick them up and put them back on their feet until they can do it themselves. Sometimes they just need someone to believe in them so they can believe in themselves.”


Leslie and James say the main reason they are successful business owners is because they truly care about their employees. “The best part of owning your own business is being able to make a difference in our employee’s lives and watching them grow in spirit and in talent. Helping them be successful makes us successful. We give them a chance and believe in them. Sometimes that’s all they need.”


You can visit the La Bella Salon & Beauty Lounge at 4312-B West Waco Drive and make your appointments online at or by calling 254.776.1270.


Shop Smarty Pants in Waco at our brand new location, right next door to La Bella, at 4316 West Waco Drive, Waco, Texas, 76710. You and your children are always welcome in our store! We have a play area to keep them busy while you shop!


James & Leslie



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