As we come up on Neighborhood Toy Store Day - and the store's 28th anniversary - we though we'd asked the owner of Kids at Heart, Elizabeth Campbell, to share what the toy store is all about, then and now:
"Way back in 1987, I opened my first store called Children's Corner. I was a busy new mom with a 3 month old son and a nine year old daughter. Of course I had plenty to do but I had a vision! I wanted to create a place where local families could meet each other and buy gently used toys and baby equipment.
I found out soon enough that high quality toys in good condition were hard to come by, so I soon found myself selling only new toys.
Flash forward 28 years (!), and here I am, still on Hawthorne. Wow! A lot has changed over the years. I changed the store’s name, moved locations several times, expanded my product lines, and increased my ability to give back to the community.
But a lot hasn't changed! I still believe in the same things I did way back in 1987. I still want children to have special, unique, high-quality toys & books. I still want to be a place where our families connect. And I want to do it while maintaining a fun environment, helpful and knowledgeable customer service, and a generous spirit.
Saturday, November 14th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day - which coincides nicely with my 28th anniversary – and I want to say thank you, to all of my customers past, present, and future. You are the reason I have been able to continue my mission for all these years! We are so happy and proud to be your neighborhood toy store, and look forward to many more years!"
All of us at Kids at Heart echo Elizabeth's excitement about our 28 year mark, and we're celebrating this Saturday for Neighborhood Toy Store Day!
We've got lots of giveaways ready, from Gift Certificates to our new Kids at Heart tote bag! Plus, we're doing a limited run of Holiday coupon books - full of deals on amazing items in the store. Come grab one before they run out! And last - but certainly not least - the amazing Olive & Dingo will be here from 3:00 - 5:00! With story time, music, and LOTS of laughter, you don't want to miss them!
See you there!