They started coming weeks ago, the print flyers and emails for Christmas toy specials at the on-line sites and big-box stores. Enough to bury you until Ground Hog Day. They tout the Biggest Selection of the Hottest Toys with the Cheapest Prices. Just as with discount sushi bars and on-line dating, Big, Hot, and Cheap … Read More.

As an independent retailer I appreciate all the well meaning posts from newspapers, retail consultants, chambers of commerce, and others touting how shopping local keeps money in the community, supports local services, and keeps mom and pops in business, while shopping the chains and on-line just funnels dollars to the Big Bad BEZOs and others … Read More.

While making the video about our Fundemonium Gift Registry I mentioned getting a model car that reminded me of the first model that I built. It got me thinking about the important and long lasting role that some gifts play in our lives. The model I remembered was a gift from my dad when I was … Read More.

Many times during the past past three years Jean and I wondered if we could keep going. The move to Rohnert Park was much more challenging than we expected. We expected some losses to cover the expense of packing up and moving but the losses continued year over year. It seemed that we were spinning … Read More.

It’s official; Toys R Us is closing all of its stores. I was not a fan of Toys R Us but it had it’s place. Toys R Us was a vast, impersonal, cheap warehouse of toys. Many of the news reports include the obligatory statement, “I fondly remember my annual birthday trip to Toys R … Read More.