Submitted by The Toy Box
On Saturday, Nov. 11, The Toy Box will join hundreds of locally owned stores across the country to celebrate the eighth national Neighborhood Toy Store Day. This is an annual celebration in which independent toy shops kick off the holiday season with special events to introduce consumers to the benefits of shopping local. The Toy Box will offer fun, child-friendly activities such as instant discounts at the register, free samples, cookies, and paint you own Breyer Horse.
“Our local stores make holiday shopping easier, by offering a personalized approach and customer service that one will not find shopping large retailers,“ said Nancy Buechner, owner The Toy Box Friday Harbor. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find that special toy and offer free gift wrapping.
In addition, shopping locally supports the community by creating jobs and preserving neighborhoods. Compared to chain stores, independent local businesses put a significantly larger share of revenue back into the local economy in the form of taxes, salaries and more.
Specialty toy store owners are the real experts when it comes to choosing toys for kids, according to Kimberly Mosley, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local toy shopping and creative open-ended playtime for children. “These store owners spend time with kids day in and day out. They understand the value of play, and what types of toys will truly engage children.”
As a result, neighborhood toy stores offer a carefully curated product selection and provide trusted recommendations on quality toys that offer good value. Because they needn’t adhere to a national sales plan like major chains, they can customize their offerings to specific community needs. And because they source products from both big-brand manufacturers and small, entrepreneurial companies, they introduce children to a world of toys that, often, can’t be found elsewhere.
For more information, contact The Toy Box at 360-378-8889.