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Articles by Christine Lebednik


Why Retail May Be More Challenging Today (7/1/2008)
Achieving success in retail today is more challenging than it was 10 years ago, four of 10 toy-store owners and experts told TDmonthly Magazine.

Retailer Spotlight: Silly Goose (11/1/2007)
Ten years ago when Diane Robinson first saw the Essex, Mass., building that now houses Silly Goose toy store, she immediately knew the location was perfect for starting her retail business, she told TDmonthly Magazine.

My Best Sellers: Silly Goose (11/1/2007)
“Wondrous, Whimsy, and Worldly Wares for kids of all ages” is the motto for Silly Goose toy store in Essex, Mass. So it’s not surprising to find some unusual items for both kids and adults among the toy store’s 10 best sellers.

My Best Sellers: Red Wagon Toy Company (10/1/2007)
Owner Kim Smith of Red Wagon Toy Co. in Woodstock, Vt., told TDmonthly Magazine that an important part of her retail success has been “figur[ing] out what I want to be, and what my customer wants me to be.”

Retailer Spotlight: Red Wagon Toy Co. (10/1/2007)
After returning to her hometown of Woodstock, Vt., in 2001 after living in Florida for a few years, Kim Smith realized that her surrounding community lacked any kind of children’s shop, she told TDmonthly Magazine.

My Best Sellers: Toys in the Attic (9/1/2007)
Although Owner Lynn Robillard of Toys in the Attic in Manchester, Vt., had a hard time pinning down individual best-selling items, there’s no shortage of customer excitement for many of the brands in her store

Retailer Spotlight: Toys in the Attic (9/1/2007)
Lynn Robillard knew from 16 years of running a custom jewelry store in Manchester, Vt., that in retail, it’s crucial to “always to look for quality, and to have unique things that you don’t find everywhere else”

Retailer Spotlight: Gramps' Garage (5/1/2007)
Laid off by Digital Equipment Corporation about a year apart, Garrett (Gary) Pillivant and his wife, Alice, experienced unexpected events that led to their becoming Power Wheels specialists, the couple told TDmonthly Magazine.

My Best Sellers: Gramps' Garage (5/1/2007)
Run by Garrett and Alice Pillivant, a husband-and- wife team of Power Wheels repair and maintenance specialists, Gramps’ Garage is now in its 12th year of business.

Retailer Spotlight: G. Willikers! (4/1/2007)
The brother-and-sister team of Bob and Jody Breneman grew up in the toy business; their parents opened G. Willikers in 1978 in Portsmouth, N.H.

My Best Sellers: G. Willikers, N.H. (4/1/2007)
The Breneman family has been in the toy business since 1978. Almost 30 years of success have taught them a thing or two about toys, dolls and games.

Retailer Spotlight: Treehouse Toys (1/1/2007)
Creative merchandising, quality product, and excellent service have enabled Treehouse Toys to "become a destination."

My Best Sellers: Treehouse Toys (1/1/2007)
In this issue of TDmonthly, Kathleen Tutone, owner of Treehouse Toys in Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine, and co-owner of Magicforest, shared some of the qualities that have made her specialty toy stores a success for more than 10 years

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