Cincinnati, OH, November 03, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Local Storeto Celebrate Play with Third Annual “Neighborhood Toy Store Day”
Toys and Treasures. Clowns and candy. Musicians and magicians. Over 600 independent toy retailers from coast to coast are uniting to celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day.
Ted's Toy Store in Madeira will once again participate in the event that spotlights the expert advice and service area families have come to expect from the store and its employees for the past 16 years. “Neighborhood Toy Store Day celebrations in 2012 exceeded our expectations,” said McHugh. “We hope even more families will enjoy the fun-filled activities planned all across the country on November 9, 2013.”
This nationwide event, held every year on the second Saturday of November, reminds consumers of the importance of independent toy stores and the value of shopping within their local community.
“Our members are part of your neighborhood,” said McHugh. “They care about their customers and take the time to help them select just the right toy to help their children grow and learn through play.”
Shopping at neighborhood and independent retailers not only increases consumer choice, it also preserves jobs and local character. According to the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent in local, independently-owned stores, $68 returns to the community in the form of taxes, salaries, charitable contributions, children’s educational programs and more--in contrast with only $43 dollars when consumers spend their money at a national chain.
ASTRA retailers will also celebrate ASTRA’s 2013 Best Toys for Kids Award list during the Neighborhood Toy Store Day event. This list honors toys that deliver exceptional value and expand a child’s imagination and creativity, picked by the retail experts in the specialty toy industry.
“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.”
McHugh 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.
“They will undoubtedly discover a universe of play possibilities and superior service, right in their own neighborhood.”
About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
With more than 1500 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association association for companies in the 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.