Head Out For The Neighborhood Toy Store Day!

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“Did you know that for each dollar you spend at an independent business in your community, three or more times as much goes back into the local economy vs. a dollar spent at a big chain store?”

That’s according to The Woohoo Factor and just one more reason to shop local this Saturday on the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Saturday, November 10, 2012!

The American Specialty Toy and Retailing Association (ASTRA) established this event in keeping up with their mission of bringing their specialty toy industry members together and help each other succeed and this event by strengthening ties within their communities.

Participating stores nationwide will host local in-store events for families such as face painting, craft projects, live performances and special discounts. You can visit YourNeighborhoodToyStore.org and search for the participating stores listed in your area.

Well known Chicago toy stores like the Building Blocks Toy Store  in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods will have story book characters like Olivia and Sesame Street’s Elmo come to life entertaining their little shoppers but more importantly the store is also donating a percentage of their sales to the Association House, an organization that help local families.

“Neighborhood Toy Store Day is about celebrating community. We are proud to be a big part of our customers’ lives by way of offering quality developmental and educational toys for their children. We also contribute in a big way to local schools, charity organizations, and families in need. We have put on a good party this Saturday to appreciate our customers & supporters.” said by Katherine McHenry, owner of the Building Blocks Toy Stores.

So do yourself a favor by crossing out your holiday shopping list early. The fun and smiles to be had shopping with your family will be passed on to many other families!

Disclosure: I am an ASTRA Ambassador and receive compensation for my involvement in the program. All opinions are my own.

MJ Tam

Head Chicagonista, Co-host of the Chicagonista LIVE! show, Founder of Women Driving Excellence. MJ is also the annual host of SocialRevUp - Brands & Bloggers Summit (#bbsummit) attended by about 200 professional high-profile bloggers nationwide. Follow MJ on Twitter: @mjtam

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