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Author Archives: Sheri

Holiday Giveaways # 10 – 100pc Magna Tiles

The first time I wrote about Magna-Tiles in 2007, I called them one of “the best kept secrets in the world of toys.” These days, the word is out and we can hardly keep these in stock. But the clear Magna-Tiles are always much more popular than the solid ones. I was on that bandwagon too – at first. The ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 9 – Stokke Tripp Trapp High Chair

There isn’t a lot to say about the Tripp Trapp that I haven’t already said at some point or other on this blog. But as we get closer to Thanksgiving, we get a lot of grandparents asking about what they need to host their grandchildren for the holidays. My parents have used Tripp Trapp chairs for 5 years, beginning when ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 8 – Woodstock Folk Guitar & Case

We’ve already covered my lack of innate talent for piano, but we haven’t even talked about the guitar. My musical mother (who you may recall plays the piano) is also a gifted guitarist. Early memories abound of singing “Blowin’ in the Wind” as she played beside me. In college, I decided it was high time to learn how to play. ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 7 – Follow Me Fred

It’s my job to look at a product and know whether or not it will sell. But the truth is, I’m not an oracle. Most of the time, I have a strong inclination one way or another, but it’s rare that I see something and know unquestionably that it will be a success. Follow Me Fred was one of those ... Read More »

And one more makes four

We are pleased to announce that we’ve signed a lease to open our fourth location. The newest Magic Beans outpost will be in Cambridge, MA in Huron Village, an eclectic, charming neighborhood known for its family-friendliness and unique, locally-owned shops. We will be taking the space that was previously occupied by the venerable Henry Bear’s Park (another toy store) for ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 6 – Corolle Calin Doll

The Corolle booth at Toy Fair is my husband’s favorite stop each year. Not because he likes to play with dolls, but because he likes French champagne (and really, who doesn’t?). It’s become an annual tradition for him to lounge at a table, happily sipping champagne while I (usually either pregnant or breastfeeding) circulate through the product displays choosing dolls, ... Read More »

Maclaren Recall (it’s OK – really)

First of all, calm down. Yes, Maclaren is recalling one million strollers. And yes, some children have been injured by the strollers during the past 10 years. BUT. There are two very important things to keep in mind: 1. This is a voluntary recall – in spite of the injuries (and their frightening nature), the CPSC has not mandated that ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 5 – IdeaPaint Dry Erase White Board Paint

When IdeaPaint asked to do an installation in the Wellesley store’s playscape, I don’t think any of us imagined a project of any great magnitude. But after an onsite brainstorming session a couple of months ago, we ended up with a very big idea. We decided to create three large-scale IdeaPaint murals – one for each wall – that would ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 4 – Alex Art Spinner & Cuckoo Clock

2009 will go down in history as the year the toy industry (and everyone else in the world) discovered social media. More and more of our vendors have jumped on the bandwagon and are successfully using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to promote their products. Technology has been particularly slow to grasp many toy companies, but I was particularly impressed with ... Read More »

Holiday Giveaways # 3 – Grand Piano

Some of my earliest memories involve sitting at the piano next to my mother. She could play beautifully, and I remember wishing I could make music like that. In spite of my musical upbringing (and an avid love of singing), I was tragically inept at playing the piano — a severe handicap as a music major in college. Yes, I ... Read More »