Saturday, December 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
After you've feasted tomorrow, join us, starting at 8:00am for Fun & Games Friday! No mobs, no 4:00am alarms, just smiling faces...oh, and our delicious organic coffee & juice, goodies made fresh by our friends at Our Daily Bread, a super sale table, and of course, games (obviously with prizes involved!).
Friday, November 20, 2009
New Arrival at Imaginations: Patchwork will appeal to people who like fast paced games that call for a smidgen of strategy and a lot of luck. Each player draws seven cards (if you’re playing with only two players) and puts them on the arc-shaped wooden holders. The cards have fun graphic designs (if you have a friend into design, this is a game for them) that are printed sometimes on both sides of the same card–or two different patterns on one card. You can only look at the front of your cards and the back of your opponents cards. In other words you don’t get to see both sides of either set of cards…and that’s where the fun begins.
On each move you get two actions — with the goal of collecting four, five or six cards from either your own cards or your opponents. You do this by getting at least four cards in a row with the same pattern. Since you can see things that your opponent can’t (and vice versa), the opportunities to score look and are different for each player. There’s something very cool about that aspect of play.
Apart from really enjoying the game play, I love the wooden card holders–which would come in handy for younger children who often have difficulty holding cards. Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award winner!
Friday, November 13, 2009
We had a fantastic time at the Children's Museum fundraiser! Thanks to Janine for staying with us the whole time. She talked with customers while Tess & I rang and wrapped! The money we raised will purchase the museum's membership in the national organization of children's museums! All things are looking good for us to have a wonderful children's museum in our area!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Imaginations is located at 1531 South Main Street, across the street from the new First and Main shopping center and right next door to Annie Kay's health food store. It is an amazing toy store, full of unique toys and furniture that you won't find anywhere else!
Take care of some early holiday shopping and support the Children's Museum!!
For more information about the museum, or if you'd like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blacksburgchildrensmuseum.org (more info on the website is coming soon!)
Thank you all for your support!
Monday, October 19, 2009
Imaginations is proud to present Southeastern Kids! One of the new lines we found at the High Point Market. They have 'bean bag' chairs, blanket chests, gliders, and much more. You can choose from lots of fabrics AND have them personalized. We ordered several maroon & orange pieces! (We'll have them in a few weeks. But, you can come by before then and check out their catalog and fabric swatches.) They're perfect Christmas presents!! And, the best part...they're manufactured in High Point!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
THINK GLOBALLY, SHOP LOCALLY
FOR THE BEST TOYS FOR KIDS
PARENTS FIND ENGAGING AND SMART TOYS AT THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD STORES, WHILE SAVING MONEY AND THE ENVIRONMENT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Blacksburg, VA - October 14, 2009 – Gift-shoppers searching for quality and value this holiday season will not have to look far--they can find the best toys for kids right around the corner at their neighborhood toy store.
Parents are discovering that shopping at neighborhood and independent retailers is not only the most convenient choice, it is also an economically and socially responsible one, as well. Thrifty shoppers avoid high shipping costs by shopping locally.
Those dollars stay in the community, providing jobs and preserving the local character of neighborhoods. According to the 3/50 Project, for every $100 spent in local, independently-owned stores, $68 returns to the community--in contrast with only $43 dollars when consumers shop at a national chain. Resident business owners pour more money and energy back into the community in the form of everything from tax dollars to charity donations to participating in local initiatives through civic associations and area chambers of commerce.
"When you shop at an independent toy store, you are entering a universe of play possibilities," explains Kathleen McHugh, President of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). "Our members are part of your community and they will take the time to help you select just the right toy to help your child grow and learn through play."
Local shoppers can skip unnecessary waste and find plenty of value and quality at local and independent toy retailers. These store owners and managers have spent countless hours selecting and stocking their shelves with only the most innovative, unique, and engaging toys for children. With their expert understanding of how kids play, specialty toy retailers will guide shoppers in their quest for the perfect gift for the special children on their lists. Shopping at an independent retailer is like having your own personal shopping consultant..
Paula Bolte, owner of Imaginations Toy & Furniture Co., a member of ASTRA, reinforces those points. “We have celebrated holidays, birthdays and new babies with the families of the New River Valley, and beyond, for almost 13 years. Our passion is creating a family-friendly atmosphere where children of all ages enjoy playing and experiencing the fun playthings in our store. We will guide customers through the store, helping them choose the best toys for the children in their lives, and then gift wrap them at no charge!”
And shopping locally saves another kind of green, reducing the use of fuel and packaging for shipping. Goods bought from an independent store have a smaller carbon footprint than those stored and then shipped across the country. The environmental benefits extend beyond the single purchase, building more eco-friendly communities.
McHugh urges shoppers to think of their local stores first, "Consumers have a choice this season and by shopping locally, they will find great toys and support vibrant communities and sustainable economic development. Visit your neighborhood toy store and you may bring home more than just the perfect gift, you'll share the spirit of the season."
About the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA)
With more than 1000 members, the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is the largest association for companies in the toy and children’s products arenas. ASTRA and its member companies promote the growth of the toy industry by delivering products that serve children’s best interests. For more information, visit www.astratoy.org.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Our favorite game inventor, Dan Levy (mastermind behind Ruckus), has finally given us our new favorite game...Simpatico! Easy to learn, fun to play and a nice challenge for all ages. Luck of the cards and a little planning, will give you the highest number of cards at the end. Come by and we'll show you how to play!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Come on in and see all our new, fun playthings.
Kites. Puppets. Playmobil. Playmais. Melissa & Doug. Bobux. Little MissMatched Socks. Etc. Etc. Etc.