of Gingerbread Toys, Nancy!
I started in the toy business with Gingerbread Playhouse in Skeena Mall in Terrace back in 1989!
Almost 30 years...it has flown by.
Back then, and still today, it was important to me to have good quality toys available, ones that wouldn't end up at the bottom of the toybox or in the landfill!
So much toy advertising is done where the toy is tied to TV shows/movies or corporate interests, and more money is invested in the advertising than in the quality of the toy. And it is my privilege today to work with others who believe in the same philosophy of "good" toys.
I have 2 sons, and was recently made a grandmother by the older one, Jim, when James V was born. Jim works in IT at Northern Health (the guy with the math and computer brain from day one). My daughter-in-law, Emma, is currently on mat leave from Exploration Place, where she has worked many years.
Tennis is our family sport, we all play, and my younger son, Kristian, is currently playing on the UBC team and working on his doctorate in Chemistry, after 4 years at Doane College in Nebraska. He has also "imported" a wonderful girlfriend in Cheyanna. We are also big hockey fans, enjoying the NHL, and support the Prince George Spruce Kings.
And my husband and I currently share our home with Bolty (cute and fast guinea
pig named for Usain Bolt) and Snoopy (adorable lop-eared black rabbit who is
very curious--snoopy-- and mischievous). So that may be why we always have
so many rabbits and rodents in our selection of stuffed animals in the store!
Favourite all time toy in the store:
Wooden trains (Brio, Thomas, Hape)
They are a great toy for boys and girls, for a wide age range and the building of the track grows young brains. Then the fun of "driving" the trains around begins! Every time you add a new piece or train, it's a whole new toy. And all practically indestructible, pass it on to the grandchildren and their children!