Giggles Celebrates Sixth Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day
A fun day for families at the toy store next door
November 3, 2015 (Baton Rouge, LA) On Saturday, November 14, Giggles will join hundreds of locally owned toy stores across the country to celebrate the sixth national Neighborhood Toy Store Day, 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. Giggles will offer free, fun, child-friendly activities including:
- Santa photos: 10 am - 6 pm
- Balloon twisting: 10 am - noon
- Princess meet and greet: 2 pm - 4 pm
- Hot cocoa bar
- Holiday wish lists
- Holiday selfie station
- Product demonstrations
- Raffles and giveaways!
- Free gift wrapping
Specialty toy store owners are the real experts when it comes to choosing toys for kids, said Kimberly Mosley, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), 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 encourage active, open-ended and creative playtime.”
As a result, neighborhood toy stores offer a carefully curated product selection and provide trusted recommendations on quality toys that offer good value. Independent stores 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.
“Local stores also make holiday toy shopping easier, by offering a personalized approach and additional customer service that contrasts with the sometimes frazzling experience of shopping large retailers,“ said Emily Guidroz, Owner of Giggles. We opened Giggles to make gift giving a little easier and a lot more fun for parents while creating a place that sparks imagination and fuels creativity in children of all ages.”
Independent toy stores offer multiple advantages to shoppers including:
- Local job creation
- Ability to touch and feel products before buying
- Expert and knowledgable staff
- A carefully curated selection of toys, selected with local families in mind.
- A focus on providing unique selections and the kind of quality not always found at national chains.
- A personalized experience that makes holiday shopping easier (free gift wrapping, call-ahead ordering, personal shopping appointments)
- Community support
A special thanks to the following manufacturers for sponsoring Neighborhood Toy Store Day at Giggles: The Orb Factory, Green Toys, Peaceable Kingdom, Klutz, Fat Brain Toys, Hape, The Haywire Group, Eeboo, Micro Kickboard, Tenzi, Creative Education of Canada, Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty and Micro Kickboard.
Giggles is a locally owned, specialty toy and candy store that offers unique, high quality gifts for babies, toddlers and tweens (and everything in between!) So much more than visiting a store, visiting Giggles is an experience for kids and kids at heart. Giggles is a proud member of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA), a non-profit that is committed to providing children with healthy, quality play materials that have high play value.
With more than 1,700 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the specialty toy and children’s products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children’s best interests. For more information, visit www.astratoy.org.