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The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

The 5th Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day is Coming to a Neighborhood Near You!

(Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received samples of many of the toys featured. I was a part of the team that helped ASTRA create Neighborhood Toy Store Day in 2010, and I have worked with them as a consultant since 2009. However, my opinions are not influenced by my work with ASTRA. I’ve donated numerous hours to shop local campaigns after seeing the importance of local business while serving on the School … Read entire article »

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Don’t Miss Neighborhood Toy Store Day: November 10, 2012

Don’t Miss Neighborhood Toy Store Day: November 10, 2012

I feel strongly about the need to support local businesses. As you do your holiday shopping, please remember that your purchases can make a difference in your local community. In November, there are two big events that support small businesses: Neighborhood Toy Store Day and Small Business Saturday. Saturday November 10th is the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day, sponsored by ASTRA (the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association.) Many stores will be having special events in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Charity, Christmas, Events, Featured, Gift Ideas, Seasonal, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages)

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 »

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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 »

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Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Toy stores are magical places for young children. I still remember the fun of shopping at my local toy store as a child. Neighborhood toy stores capture our imagination with beautiful window displays, and the owners actually seem to like children and to encourage play in their stores. While I certainly do my fair share of shopping at discount stores like Target and Walmart, I doubt my son will have warm, fuzzy memories of big box … Read entire article »

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