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Celebrating 20 Years of toy stories

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A Real Gem
by Jenn Bergin

Situated in the North Valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico – an area infused with a rustic, Southwest aesthetic and a feeling of serenity – is Out of the Blue toy store, “the jewel of the valley.”
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Go Go Go
by Tina Manzer

Trade shows are our lifeblood and in early 2015, there are a lot of them. Beyond our industry’s mainstays – The New York International Toy Fair (February 14 through 17) and ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy (June 7 through 10 in Charlotte) – there are many other trade gatherings that showcase toys, and unique, fun, trend-setting extras that can set your store apart. Here are just a few events on our list, along with ideas on what you’ll find.
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Hub Hobby: Big and Growing
November/December 2008
Surprises abound at Hub Hobby Center. The store’s co-owners Bill Barker and Todd Andersen operate two massive superstores in the Twin Cities region of Minnesota, but manage to maintain a small-store feel. And, though the name accurately reflects much of what they sell, it doesn’t even begin to t ... [click here to read more]




by Jenn Bergin


Whether you’re a novice or a natural, navigating a trade show can be overwhelming. But don’t panic, we’re here to help you prepare! In the first of this four-part series, you will find practical advice from industry experts on how to make the most of your trade show experience. From planning and budgeting to what to pack and potential pitfalls, these are tried-and-true strategies for success – and sales! Make sure to mark these on your “To-Do” (and don’t) list!
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The 2014 Fabulous Awards
There are toys, and there are toys. For retailers, they’re the ones that fly out the door, create buzz for the store and turn random shoppers into loyal, returning customers.
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Fear and Loathing

In the novel Catch 22, there is a character named Hungry Joe who keeps a list of all the diseases known to man which could possibly kill him. The irony, of course, is that he is fighting in a war that is much more likely to do so.
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