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Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

Shop Small: Small Business Saturday

  This week, the week before Thanksgiving, we are being bombarded with more than just turkey recipes and guest RSVP’s. The moment we get the mail from the mailbox or turn on the TV, we are hit with loads of Black Friday advertisements. The super sales, the amazing deals. And each year, the doors open earlier and earlier, and the deals from major companies seem to get better and better.  Millions of dollars in revenue are … Read entire article »

Filed under: Gift Ideas, Made in the USA, Socially Conscious, Uncategorized

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)

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

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 »

Filed under: Featured, Hip Find

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