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Here at TDmonthly we believe that smaller retailers should share the limelight with the "big guys." Each month we hand-pick specialty toy retailers and highlight their unique focus.

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  High Fashion Haunting with InCharacter Costumes
In 2004, Chuck Martinez and Bob Pickens, two men with already long careers in the thriving Halloween industry...
  AnimeCollect: Online Source for Anime and Manga
AnimeCollect, an online anime and manga store in Monrovia, Calif., is a collector´s paradise. Eric Canlas carries everything from DVDs and CDs to books and apparel...
  Jay and Silent Bob´s Secret Stash: Kevin Smith Opens Westwood Store
Bob Chapman, co-owner of the new Jay and Silent Bob´s Secret Stash in Westwood, Calif., has worked with cult figure and partner Kevin Smith for the last six years on movie licensing. He produces T-shirts...
  Paul Daniels Magic: Store of Illusions
Paul Daniels is enjoying a long and prominent career as a magician. His international audiences have brought him acclaim few can equal. Known for his sense of humor and polished on stage presence, Daniels is an entertainer to emulate...
  Groth Music Company: Selling Children´s Instruments
"The biggest factor in our success has been the wonderful talented employees that I have surrounded myself with...
  Have Mercy! Hand Painted Children's Furniture
Hillary James specializes in hand painted children´s furniture and considers herself self taught out of trial and error...
  Simpich Character Dolls Embody Storybook Fantasies
Nestled in historic Old Colorado City is a workshop filled with elves...
  A Small-Town Gem Combines Service and Stock
On the corner of Broadway in the center of Pitman, N.J., its doors open wide in invitation, BOB’S Hobbies and Crafts beckons passersby...
  Collectibles for Railroad Enthusiasts at A-Trains
In 1986 television news photographer Les Jarrett started shooting train videos as a creative outlet...
  Naughty and Nice Novelties from Toysmith
Smith has seen an increase in accounts stocking novelty toys, such as hobby stores...
  Salmagundi Tin Toys: Reproductions from the Past
When Buck and Norma Service started with one tin toy among their antiques and collectibles...
  Video Game Exchange: Not Merely A Store
In business for eight years, Tom and Bridgitte Martin opened a modest video game store in their hometown of Lodi, California...
  WindWeavers Kites: Passion for Kites Leads to Success
Tory Anderson chose to sell kites on a whim while visiting a kite store during a business trip to California...


  Soler Collectibles: A Die-cast Showroom
With over ten thousand Hot Wheels in stock, Soler Collectibles is one of the leading die-cast dealers in the country...


  Build-A-Bear Workshop: An International Success Story
Maxine Clark, founder of the Build-A-Bear Workshops, took a winning idea in early 1997 and turned it into an international operation...


  The Learning Shop Earns A’s in Inventory and Attitude
The Learning Shop, a successful six-store chain in Wisconsin, started as an educator supply source in the early 1970s...


  North Pole Magic: The Santa Claus House
When Con and Nellie Miller moved to Alaska territory in 1949, they had $1.40 in cash and two hungry kids....


  Over 25 Years of the Classics
“Specializing in good, old-fashioned fun” isn’t just an ad slogan at Once Upon A Time Toys in Stowe, Vermont...


  Mom On A Mission
Sixteen years ago Sharon DiMinico had an idea to provide children with high quality educational toys while creating a revenue stream for a local school in Acton, Mass....


  Bear Market
The Essence of Nonsense boasts that it has 1,500 plush bears in its inventory on most days. But this isn't a huge warehouse store -- it's a modest independent toy shop...


  Allied Hobbies Keeps Them Coming Back
Allied Hobbies has weathered everything from economic downturns to competition from VCRs and computer games.


  G.I. Joe Meets the B-Boy
Walking inside San Francisco's KidRobot, you soon realize that the action figures being sold within the glass cases are not like the ones you grew up with...


  Something Special About Game Preserve
"Be nice” and “Play fair” are more than childhood dictums to Kit Newkirk, owner/operator of the flourishing game store chain...


  Ambassador Toys is a Global Marketplace
It really is a small world at Ambassador Toys in San Francisco...


  Model Mecca
Florida's Model Expo avoids the woes of the model industry...


  It’s a Dolly-Doll World
For all those who believe we are only as great as our homes, stand back and prepare to be wrong...

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