Through a tiny, child-size front door at Kidoodles in Norman, shoppers find an experience unlike a big-box store.
“A lot of customers want to stay local and keep the money in Norman,” said Kidoodles' Jill Hunt. “We take a lot of pride in our store and our products.”
The store, at 425 W Main in Norman, is one of two metro-area toy stores participating in this year's Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 9.
Members of The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association across the country will hold events and sales at their stores on that day.
It's designed to promote shopping local, the association says. For each dollar spent at an independent business, more money goes back into the local economy compared to a dollar spent at a big box chain.
Toy-size Black Friday
Neighborhood Toy Store Day is a little like Black Friday for locally owned toy stores.
“It's an amazing way to kick start your Christmas shopping,” Hunt said, adding that customers enjoy shopping without the chaos of Black Friday, but still get a good deal on holiday gifts.
Kidoodles is offering a storewide discount on Nov. 9 and the first 30 families in the door will receive a goody bag.
Free gift wrapping will be made available on all purchases.
Oklahoma City toy store The Learning Tree, 7638 N Western, also is participating in the event. Shoppers who donate at least $20 to PAMBE Ghana, a nonprofit that supports education in Ghana, receive a discount on their total purchase that day.
A book signing featuring children's author Nancy McClure will be part of the day's festivities.
The store will be promoting The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association's 2013 Best Toys, which include Squigz, Green Toys Seaplane, Laser Maze, Snap Circuits SOUND and more.