We are proud to be part of ASTRA, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. On November 13th, ASTRA is celebrating local, independent toy stores across the country with the first Neighborhood Toy Store Day!
We hope that our online storefront shows the same care and expertise that our customers experience when shopping with us in our store. We have been a part of our local community for over 30 years, and we want to thank our State College customers for their continued support. A big reason behind the start of Neighborhood Toy Store Day is the idea of supporting local business, which ASTRA elaborates upon when explaining the value of your hometown toy store, as well as any local retailers that choose your home as the place to do business!
ASTRA highlights the importance of supporting your hometown stores:
By shopping locally, consumers will find great toys while supporting vibrant communities and sustainable economic development. 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 and more–in contrast with only $43 dollars when consumers spend their money at a national chain.
And, not only are we celebrating Neighborhood Toy Store Day, but it’s a great opportunity to stop by our store (or any toy store) and see the newest toy items and get great ideas for gifts for the upcoming holidays! Check out ASTRA’s Toy Store Finder to find your local toy store, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 13th, and join the celebration! Be sure to visit us at 202 South Allen Street if you are here in State College!