A new toy store on Foster Road attracts the attention of children and their parents. Our correspondent visited, and reports here
Ann Marentette, a resident of Reed, enjoys doing puzzles with her grandchildren when they come from New York. A month ago, she told THE BEE that she was excited to find a 500-piece “glow-in-the-dark” dyno puzzle in the “Hammer and Jacks” toy store on Foster Road at SE 64th Avenue.
“I didn’t even know there was a toy store there. Bill and I sometimes shop for bagels at ‘Higgins’ nearby, but we hadn’t noticed this store.” She later learned that after five years in business, the store recently moved to land to the west and is now more visible to where Red Castle Games was located – before moving to Foster Road at 72nd. .
“I was impressed with their organization and I was intrigued by the high quality and variety of things they have,” commented Marentette, who had seen the Mud Puppy dyno puzzle mentioned in the “Best Gifts For” section. children “from” The Strategist, “in the New York Times Magazine.
While browsing this well-organized and very spacious store – in which air cleaners were installed during the COVID-19 pandemic – she found the number of educational and creative toys striking: puzzles, games, books, scooters, arts and crafts, unusual birthday decorations, colorful three-inch classic cars, musical instruments (small electric guitar, ukulele, cymbals) and over a hundred colorful balloons displayed in fish jars, are just a few of the things they offer.
Store co-owner Jillian Sevick describes herself as a “toy lover and nerd”; she commented: “We order from small and medium businesses. [items] are made in Australia and some are designed in the UK; both countries have toys that you can’t see everywhere. It makes it more fun and magical. Sevick’s daughters, aged 4-1 / 2 and 7, are frequently in the store after school discussing toys with people.
A “rocking pad,” for use on a chair or on the floor, can help improve concentration and calm restlessness in very active children, we were told. Mojo Animals – dinosaurs, dragons, safari and ocean animals – are touted as durable and stimulating toys for young imaginations.
Magnetic building tiles, creative bathtub toys and a selection of diverse dolls are aimed at the very young. Newspapers for “writing gratitude” and exploring the outdoors are aimed at older children. Mindfulness or ‘Bedtime Soothing’ 40-Card Packs and a Chef’s Cooking Set are for all ages, as are many other items at this unusual toy store. ! We hope to get back to it very soon, “Sevick said. At the height of the pandemic, when the store was closed to the public, his family began contactless delivery of toys, balloons and party supplies to the store. her little red van. They always deliver within ten miles of the store. On weekends, art and baking classes are held in a large space at the back of the store; attendees are reserved for the advance online – www.hammerandjacks.com – which is also where many of their available toys are offered, including sale items. For more information, call 503 / 894-9150.
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