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by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   October 15   |   0 Comments
Sari Powazek dreamed of owning a toy store as a child. She and her husband opened The Doll House & Toy Store  in Scottsdale, Arizona more than 35 years ago -- and continues to entertain generations of toy lovers. We chatted with Sari about why pretend play is important for children and about her famous muffin and coffee toy store grandparent outings.

by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   October 1   |   0 Comments
Ever wondered how toy store owners stay creative? We caught up with Erin Blanton, co-owner of Pufferbellies in Staunton, Virginia, to talk all things creative. She shares some of her favorite creativity-inspiring toys and chats crafternoons -- her store’s preschool-aged craft hour!

by The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association   |   October 1   |   0 Comments
Imagine, your child painting just like Van Gogh! That was the vision of Jane Chadesh and Michelle Talbot, co-founders of Kidzaw. We caught up with Jane to learn more about why inspiring young artists is so important to her, how she fosters creativity with her own kids (it just may involve duct tape), and keeps her own creative juices flowing.

by The American Speciatly Toy Retailing Association   |   September 13   |   1 Comment
Nothing says childhood like grabbing your friends (or family!), gathering around the kitchen table and breaking out a favorite board game. We caught up with Linda Schmidt, co-owner of Cat & Mouse Game Store to hear how she became involved in the game industry and to learn more about her store -- including what happens when they host the monthly meetings of Chicago’s Yoyo Club!

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