Mayor Carole Reid cut the ribbon and officially opened the new shop in the heart of Knaresborough on Friday 21st June 2013. The new owners of the shop are best friends, Sarah Claydon and Scott Butcher. Sarah Claydon, Scott Butcher with the Mayor of Knaresborough, Carole Reid Scott, aged 37, has turned his back on 16 years in the motor trade industry. Sarah, aged 30, is a mum of one, previously working as a teaching assistant/ mid-time meal supervisor and an assistant atan after school club. Sarah said: We both are originally from Kent and relocated to Knaresborough just four weeks ago after visiting the town. We had planned to move to Harrogate for better schooling, but after visiting Knaresborugh we fell in love withits friendly community feel, charm and scenery. We opened the toy shop because we wanted to run a business that suits us both. Above all, we are both big kids! Dont forget to say hello to Poppy the Jackahuahua when you visit though. They stock a range of toys from birth upwards which includes popular and as lesser-known brands. The ranges include skate boards, scooters, Furbys and Skylanders Giants Scott said: We are looking forward to getting involved with the local community and events. This is starting with Knaresboroughs Medieval fair on Sunday 30th June 2013. We have a special one-day-only sale of swords and shields in honour of this event so the kids (and adults!!!) can become a knight for the day. The inside of Castle Courtyard is also home to Bonneys in the courtyard, Shake Em, Fayre Trader, Hallieva Mexicana, Affinity and The Tourist Information Centre.
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Couple put heart, mind in toy store
Everything needs to be developmental, says Sari, who personally orders almost every item in the store. Our theory is we will carry some trend but we dont do the hot toys that are advertised on TV. The vast majority of items for sale in the Doll House and Toy Store are not battery-operated. According to Sari, We do a lot of old-fashioned, nostalgia toys [such as traditional metal jacks], old hands-on, creative play, active play toys that are good for the child. We like to do a lot of things that create out-of-the-box thinking. A lot of our games are thought process theyre not throw the dice and you win. Last year, The Arizona Republic awarded the store the Critics Pick for the Best Kids Toys. The Powazeks moved to the Valley from Las Vegas in 1977 when they wanted to start a family. Sari, an elementary school teacher in Las Vegas, had always dreamed of opening a toy store. Within a few months of the Powazeks move to the Greater Phoenix area, that dream came true. As Sam tells it, he agreed to stick around for a couple of years to help get the business started before returning to his corporate business career. Almost 36 years later, were still having fun, says Sam, who never ended up returning to his previous profession. What started in September 1977 as a 600-square-foot store in downtown Scottsdale expanded to the current location at the Scottsdale Promenade, where the store has been located since 2004. One of the Powazeks simple joys involves seeing adult customers toy store in Eugene who came into the store when they were kids come in with their own children. We have a lot of kids who come back, says Sari, smiling. On one occasion, Sam and Sari recall having a family of five generations come into the store together with the youngest being just a few months old. In addition to helping their customers understand how to use or put together their doll houses, games, etc., the Doll House and Toy Store offers group and one-on-one classes. It also has regularly scheduled programs, such as music and arts and crafts sessions. Upcoming art classes, conducted by Caring Nannies, include painting an easel for Fathers Day on July 11, making a puppet on July 18 and making a giant flower on July 25. Cost is $2 per session. The Doll House and Toy Store is the oldest family-owned miniature doll and toy store in North America.
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