Feb 23, 2009
Running a toy store takes a lot of hard work and a lot of hard play! Sometimes our work and our play look a lot alike!
One of the fun things we get to do for our work as toy store owners is to visit NYC each year to take part in the New York Toy Fair! The New York Toy Fair is held at the Javitt's Center, and over 100,000 products from over 1200 exhibitors are on display! Talk about sensory overload! It took us 2-1/2 days to walk the aisles, and we could have used even more time!
One of the most exciting parts of the Toy Fair is meeting the people who develop the toys we carry on our shelves. We get to hear how they came up with such great ideas, and how they took their ideas and made them into reality! Their stories are fascinating and inspiring!
Our next couple of blogs will give you a glimpse at some of the cool new toys that we found on our visit to the New York Toy Fair!
If you want to see some live coverage of the Toy Fair from the Toy Fair TV, Click Here!
Feb 04, 2009Check out Coraline by Neil Gaiman! (We always recommend reading the book first of course) Coraline is now a major motion picture being released this February 6, 2009
"When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.
But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Coraline will have to fight with all her wits and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life."
Check out this interview with Neil Gaiman on one of my favorite podcasts: Just One More Book!
Feb 04, 2009
Check out the "Bobby Bucket Show!
A love for children's books seems to run in the G.Willikers! family... Story telling and reading has always been a central part of our lives. Children's books give us the opportunity to laugh, cry, wonder and wander through life's journey...Here is a great link for those who love children's books and all they have to offer both young and old.
Jan 01, 2009
First, I'd like to say Happy New Year! It's January 1st, a cold wind is blowing outside my window and as I write this I feel very grateful to have heat & power. ( a few still don't after the ice storm several weeks ago.) The turn of the calendar typically allows us to think about the year ahead; the opportunities we'll enjoy and the challenges we may face. Without trying to gloss over the difficulties that many people face right now, we always look to the new year as a time of revitalization. At G.Willikers! this is a time where new ideas can emerge. Ideas that we hope will keep our store exciting, competitive and relevant in our community. There are always new innovations this time of year in the toy industry and 2009 will be no exception. We look forward to showcasing many of these new products & playthings while we continue to carry the best toys the planet has to offer. Our 30th Anniversary year is behind us now but we're wasting no time as we prepare for a new year, a new president and many new initiatives.
Aug 23, 2008
Brush off your wings and take flight for the 4th annual Fairy House Tour! G.Willikers is busy getting ready for this wonderful weekend of imagination and fairy house building!
This is one of the most creative fundraising events we have been a part of and it just keeps building each year! Inspired by Lee, NH author/illustrator Tracy Kane's Fairy House Book Series, this event brings thousands to Portsmouth's South End. The Friends of The South End have done an incredible job putting together this event that benefits many of Portsmouth's most cherished historic treasures.
You can now purchase admission buttons at G.Willikers, check out Tracy Kane's Fairy House Books, and on Sept. 16th, preview fairy houses in our storefront window!