On Nov. 10, Tidepool Toys & Games will join more than 500 stores across the country to celebrate the third annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day.
“When you shop at an independent toy store, you are entering a universe of play possibilities,” explained Kathleen McHugh, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). “Neighborhood Toy Store Day is about celebrating the role the local store plays in the community. We are highlighting the expertise your local store has in selecting just the right toy to help your child grow and learn through play.”
As part of the festivities, Tidepool Toys & Games will offer a full day of events, including a free magic show by Dickens Parlour Theatre at 11 a.m. The excitement will continue with PlasmaCar races at noon and a Fastrak game tournament at 1 p.m., as well as craft demonstrations and prize drawings throughout the day.
“It’s very important for consumers to understand the uniqueness and outstanding quality of toys found at their local toy store versus a national chain,” McHugh stated. “Many of the toys you see at independently owned toy stores are not advertised on television and are mostly made by small manufacturers.”
Independent toy stores can even help buyers find top toys for the children on a gift list this holiday season, with help from The 2012 Best Toys for Kids Award list, which highlights toys that deliver the highest play value.
And consumers can be confident that more of the dollars spent in local, independently-owned stores, stay in the community — 25 percent percent more in contrast with national chains, according to the 3/50 Project. Resident business owners pour more money and energy back into the community in the form of everything from tax dollars to charity donations to participating in local initiatives through civic associations and area Chambers of Commerce, they said.
Sandy and Lori Smyth are co-owners of Tidepool Toys & Games, which is a member of ASTRA, the American Specialty Retailing Association.
“Neighborhood Toys Store Day is an opportunity for us to give back to the local community for the support they have given us in our business,” said Lori Smyth. “We have chosen two charities that we will be honoring that day. First, we are planning a big kickoff to our Toys for Tots drive on Neighborhood Toy Store Day. For every $10 spent, each customer will be given $2 back to purchase a toy for Toys For Tots.”
Representatives from the First State Detachment Marine Corps League will be at Tidepool Toys & Games at 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the charity event and to commemorate the 237th birthday of the Marine Corps.
Tidepool Toys & Games will also be supporting another local charity organization, the Get Well Gabby Foundation, on Neighborhood Toy Store Day. The Get Well Gabby Foundation was founded to fight for a cure for Childhood Brain Cancer in memory of Gabby Vogel.
Gabby’s parents, John and Carolynn Vogel, relocated their family to Ocean View after the loss of their 5-year-old daughter and have partnered with Piggy Paint, an all-natural nail polish company, to create two colors in memory of their daughter. A pink shimmer nail polish named “Gabriella” and a gold shimmer nail polish named “Believe.” The polishes are also sold in a Pedi “cure” kit and the proceeds from the sale of these items will directly benefit the mission of the foundation.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on Neighborhood Toy Store Day, children will be able to have their fingernails painted for free with the two colors created in Gabby’s memory.
Sandy and Lori Smyth urged shoppers to take this opportunity to be part of a celebration of community and to get to know their neighborhood toy store on Neighborhood Toy Store Day.
“By shopping locally, consumers will find great toys while supporting vibrant communities and sustainable economic development. Visit your neighborhood toy store and you may bring home more than just the perfect gift, you’ll share the spirit of the season,” Lori Smyth said.