August 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 8
|Elaine Hackney, owner of Boing! JP's Toy Shop in Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Top pointer: Re-focusing on the customer-centric philosophy.
|Patricia Masing, co-owner of Brain Station and Tree Town Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., with son Keller.
Top picks: Illustory by Creations by You, Papo dinosaurs, LEGO, Baby Lia by Corolle
|Terri Meyers, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas
Top picks: Piano Made Easy by Mayron Cole Conservatory, Baby Lia by Corolle, Coin Hopping Games: Washington D.C. by Coin Hopping Games and Karito Kids dolls by KidsGive
Top pointer: Pay yourself first!
|Andy Cannon, co-owner of Discovery Depot in Cookeville, Tenn.
Top pointer: Spend more time doing what you enjoy to improve retailing experience.
|Randi Valenta, owner of Little Threads in Chicago
Top picks: YoBaby by GarageCo, Pump Rocket by GeoSpace and Bead Bazaar kits
|Becca Bramhall, co-owner of Dandelion Toys in Fort Collins, Colo.
Top picks: Construction planks by Kapla, Brain Noodles giant pipe cleaners, Karito Kids dolls by KidsGive
Top pointers: Improve your bottom line. Meet the needs of kids with special needs.
|Sally Erysian, owner of Circle of Knowledge in St. Louis, Mo.
Top picks: EzyRoller ride-on toy, Mini Solar Robot Kits by OWI
Top pointers: Improving sales. How to transition between parent and child ownership.
|Emily Carter (13) and Alyssa Carter (8), daughters of soon-to-be toy-store owner Anne Carter. Yes! They allow kids on the ASTRA Marketplace show floor!
Top picks: Flying Turtle by Mason Corporation and PlasmaCar by Plasmart