Saint Paul, MN, November 06, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Its not quite the North Pole, but Minnesota is home to a growing community of unique toymakers and toy designers. These earth-friendly toymakers all focus on classic open-ended toys that inspire creativity without batteries.
For the first time, Peapods Natural Toys will be hosting all of these local toymakers for a local toy fair. Toymakers will be on hand to talk about how their toys are made and share their philosophies about the importance of toys and play. The Minnesota Toy Fair is an invitation to a hyper-local holiday season.
During the toy fair, customers can enter a drawing to win locally-made toys and Peapods will be offering double "Peapods Rewards" points for each local toy purchased.
Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care is the Twin Cities' favorite alternative baby and natural toy store since 1999. Peapods specializes in locally-made, Made in USA, and European toys. Peapods was named "Best in the Cities" in 2013 by City Pages and Minnesota Monthly. Owners Millie Adelsheim and her husband Dan Marshall can be reached at 651-695-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Toymakers
While some local toymakers have been in business for decades, several new manufacturers are making classsic toys using innovative earth-friendly practices.
BEKA toys manufactures wooden blocks, easels, train tables, and looms at their factory on Selby Avenue in S. Paul. Jamie Kreisman's family began BEKA in the 1970's and he now runs it with his son Jon. BEKA toys are made from sustainably farmed hard maple and are known for their durability and long-lasting play value. Jamie Kreisman can be reached at 651-222-7005 or email@example.com.
In 1972, DoodleTown's Mike Poisson began designing and hand crafting wooden vehicles. As important then as it still is today, the toys are child safe for all ages, durable, made from sustainable northern white pine and most importantly, FUN! DoodleTown's Little Toys for Little Hands can now be found in stores from California to New York. These toys are fantastic stocking stuffers. Linda and Mike can be reached at 763-263-5123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Play from Scratch in St. Paul is a new toymaker and creator of YOXO ("yock-so"), an innovative construction toy made from recycled wood fiber. YOXO is a series of colorful Y, O and X links that connect to each other and stuff around your house – including paper towel tubes, cereal boxes and silverware – to create anything imaginable. Jeff Freeland Nelson, the founder of Play from Scratch, can be reached at 651-842-8418 or email@example.com.
Mindware Toys in Roseville has been making high-quality educational toys since 1990. Peapods features KEVA planks and wooden puzzles by Mindware which inspire kids to think creatively. Angela Holmstrom of Mindware Toys can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wood from the Hood in Minneapolis is the creation of Cindy and Rick Siewert. Wood from the Hood makes Peapods' very popular wooden growth chart, which is made from salvaged trees from throughout the Twin Cities area. Each growth chart comes with the zip code where the tree grew. Cindy Siewert can be reached at 612-581-0252 or email@example.com.
The Original Tree Swing in Northeast Minneapolis also makes toys from reclaimed local trees. Their tree swing is a childhood classic, as are their craft kits, which are designed by Pied Piper Crafts in Minneapolis. Owner William Pine can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-968-4038.
Contact: Dan Marshall,
Peapods Natural Toys
2290 Como Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-659-5559 or 651-238-8398 (cell)