April is National Autism Awareness Month, and with so many children now impacted by the disorder, toy companies have taken notice. A local store has partnered with St. David’s Center to develop Autism-specific toys.
It started as a small neighborhood toy shop in south Minneapolis and over the last 32 years, it’s become one of the top rated specialty toy stores in the country. Creative KidStuff has locations all over the Twin Cities metro and in airports around the country. Now they’ve opened a new location in St. Louis Park.
The Black Friday holiday shopping blitz has now stretched into a four-day shopping excursion. For mom and pop stores, the competition is bigger than ever. Sara Moulton spent Small Business Saturday shopping at one of her local favorites in Minneapolis, Patina. “The big stores are taking over holidays,” Moulton said. “I just love supporting local businesses and giving back to the community.” Patina manager Karin Tepparo says they don’t tout deep discounts, but instead rely on their one-of-a-kind items to bring in customers.
This season, holiday shopping will be a bit different, and some days will be better than others. There are six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, shortening prime selling season. That could mean bigger crowds.
It’s not even Halloween, but some folks are already thinking about holiday spending. The decorations are up at many stores, and Discover Card just released its annual holiday spending survey.
Raising a child with autism presents a special set of challenges. Finding the right toys to promote learning and fun can be a struggle — without help.
Consumers may not like it, but a lot of small businesses say it will help them survive. We’re talking about state sales tax being applied to online purchases.
Relive the struggles between the force and the dark side for Star Wars Day.
If you’re heading out to the stores this weekend – be ready for long lines and busy stores.
Winter weather tried to slow down another big shopping weekend, causing consumers to grab their umbrellas in December. With nine shopping days to go until Christmas, it’s fair to say that Mother Nature has terrible timing.
It seems the push to go green is everywhere — even on the shelves at the toy store. WCCO caught up with a local toy maker and talked to some parents to find out if they’re buying into this trend.
The popular Twin Cities toy company, Creative KidStuff, has launched a selection of toys for children with autism as part of Autism Awareness month in April.
A Twin Cities woman has a new take on the annual Easter egg hunt. She still uses the colorful eggs, but she doesn’t want them to be found years later in a landfill.
If you think now is too soon to start think about the holiday shopping season, tell that to retailers. There are less than 300 days left to think about what to buy.
Winter has been dragging on for a couple of months now. If you’re a parent, you may be running short things for your kids to do inside.