Inside the Closing of Toy House

Inside the Closing of Toy House

Guest post by Phil Wrzesinski

I know it rocked your world to hear that Toy House is closing. Big, iconic, 67-year old businesses don’t close when the owner is still too young to retire. But sometimes they do, and sometimes it is for reasons so localized that it only makes sense once you see the whole picture. Let’s take a look at some of the factors…

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ASTRA Member Spotlight: Ellen Stebbins, StoryClub Games

The ASTRA community is made up of a vibrant group of retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers and affiliate members who all have unique stories of how they got into the toy industry. We believe these stories are worth sharing! To recognize our community, the ASTRA Blog features a regular ASTRA Member Spotlight series. 

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My partner, Marcie Jacobs, and I created our company because we wanted to provide products that create experiences where people connect and get to know one another better, stretch their imaginations and have loads of fun. Creativity fuels the ability to problem solve, innovate, and explore new and unfamiliar areas. It also elicits teamwork and positive interpersonal communication skills.

I became an ASTRA member because it was so highly recommended by Christine Osborne – ASTRA 2013 Excellence Award Recipient. She is very involved in your organization and said that it’s THE group to be a part of!

ASTRA Member Spotlight: Stacy Lellos, Klutz

The ASTRA community is made up of a vibrant group of retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers and affiliate members who all have unique stories of how they got into the toy industry. We believe these stories are worth sharing! To recognize our community, the ASTRA Blog features a regular ASTRA Member Spotlight series.
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Rachele Harmuth, Director of Sales (left) and Stacy Lellos, SVP & General Manager (right) having fun at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy

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ASTRA Member Spotlight: Erica Sipes, Imagination Station

CMR_CM.pngThe ASTRA community is made up of a vibrant group of retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers and affiliate members who all have unique stories of how they got into the toy industry. We believe these stories are worth sharing! To recognize our community, the ASTRA Blog features a regular ASTRA Member Spotlight series. This week, we’ll be featuring ASTRA members who have received their Certified Master Retailer designation.

ASTRA Member Spotlight: Cynthia Holliday, Children’s World & Children’s World Uniform Supply

CMR_CM.pngThe ASTRA community is made up of a vibrant group of retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers and affiliate members who all have unique stories of how they got into the toy industry. We believe these stories are worth sharing! To recognize our community, the ASTRA Blog features a regular ASTRA Member Spotlight series. This week, we’ll be featuring ASTRA members who have received their Certified Master Retailer designation. 

ASTRA Member Spotlight: John Clower, Giggle Monkey Toys

CMR_CM.pngThe ASTRA community is made up of a vibrant group of retailers, sales representatives, manufacturers and affiliate members who all have unique stories of how they got into the toy industry. We believe these stories are worth sharing! To recognize our community, the ASTRA Blog features a regular ASTRA Member Spotlight series. This week, we’ll be featuring ASTRA members who have received their Certified Master Retailer designation. 

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