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Celebrating the 4th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Celebrating the 4th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Time to celebrate shopping local! As mentioned in more than one of my previous posts, the Amercian Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is near and dear to my heart and I love supporting their annual event called Neighborhood Toy Store Day which occurs this year on Saturday, November 9, 2013. I received several quality toys to highlight in honor of the excellent selection small toy retailers offer the public through a careful blend of educational and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Events, Socially Conscious, Toy Stores

Discover the Best Toys for Kids

Where you do your holiday shopping matters just as much as what you buy. Supporting local stores provides real benefits to your community. Local businesses create jobs and help fund your town’s essential services such as public schools, police and fire departments through their tax dollars. (Read more about why my experience serving on a local school board turned me into a strong advocate for small businesses in my community.)  Shopping local is good for your … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Kids Gifts, Play, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages), Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

Have You Discovered “The WooHoo Factor”?

As a mom, I know that many of the toys advertised on TV look amazing but then sit unused in the toy box. When I enter my local toy store, I see items that I know my kids will love and use. With a special eye for relevance and all out fun, small toy store owners handpick each toy brand that enters their door and you feel it when you go inside. I am much happier knowing that … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Charity, Events, Featured, Gift Guides, Gift Ideas, Gifts 2007, Hip Find, News, Play, Socially Conscious, Tips, Uncategorized

Supporting The Shop Around the Corner

Supporting The Shop Around the Corner

Looking for a last-minute Hanukkah present or last-minute Christmas present? Visit your local toy store! There are so many benefits to shopping locally. One of the big benefits: education. Local stores provide personalized service. I have a great relationship with my local store owner, and I have appreciated some of their tips and product recommendations. My neighborhood toy store carries unique educational toys. But I bet you didn’t know that you are actually supporting your local schools … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Educational, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Play, School Aged Children, Socially Conscious

Shop Local: Support Neighborhood Toy Stores

Shop Local: Support Neighborhood Toy Stores

Going to the toy store is a magical experience and a real treat for kids. Local toy stores often have impressive displays of stuffed animals, dolls and trains. My son’s favorite spot is the train table at our local store. While he plays happily with Thomas the Tank Engine and friends, I have the opportunity to discover some high-quality toys unavailable at the big box stores. And I can count on the friendly store owner to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Baby Gifts, Building Toys, Contests, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Play, Toy Stores, Toys (All Ages)