For more than 60 years, Toys“R”Us has been helping kids be kids and grown-ups to revisit their childhoods by providing one of the largest selections of top-brand toys, electronics, games and everyday baby essentials. Founder, Charles Lazarus, revolutionized the toy business by modeling his stores after supermarkets, providing a variety of options to suit varying ages and interests and offering customers to help themselves and have fun in the process. Today, that sense of playfulness is evident at nearly 600 stores in the United States alone, including a flagship location in Times Square where kids are greeted by a 60-foot Ferris wheel, a 5-ton animatronic T-Rex, and a life-sized, 4,000-square-foot Barbie house.
Beyond everybody's favorite bikes, trains and video games, each Toys“R”Us store keeps its shelves stocked with the season’s must-have toys as well as nostalgic standbys that never go out of style. Time-tested brands such as LEGO, Radio Flyer, NERF and Fisher-Price share the shelves with an expansive selection of electronics for older kids, including Wii U and tablets. And though the company has inspired generations of boys and girls to try their hardest not to grow up, it also strives to ensure budding brains develop right on track by devoting a significant portion of its stores to “smart-play” with a wide selection of electronic learning toys and software.
Toys“R”Us—whose extended family of brands includes Babies“R”Us and FAO Schwarz—has earned a number of awards and recognitions through the years, including a spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies in 2012. The company has also drawn considerable recognition for its expansive charitable efforts, which include partnerships with the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Save the Children. This year also marks the tenth consecutive year that the company has partnered with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to collect new, unwrapped toys and monetary donations in its stores to benefit the organization.
A full-sized clone is always trouble. You think it'll be fun, but then you just end up having arguments with yourself about who was the original you. Bobble Bobble provides the perfect alternative: a customized bobble head or cake topper with your likeness. The Bobble Bobble team creates these figures by working from a photo of each client. They hand sculpt the bobble heads over a period of a few weeks, and even send progress photos for approval, ensuring that customers will be pleased with the final version.
The head isn't the only customizable part of the statue?Bobble Bobble has an inventory of different poses and props. Maybe you'd like to be wearing a superhero outfit, giving your spouse a piggy-back ride, or playing your favorite sport, whether it's golf or fencing. Wedding cake toppers are especially popular and add a more personal touch to the cake than writing "Yay, Love!" with your finger on the top.
The Tulip Grove nurtures an educated support community of local moms for new and expecting mothers with professionally led classes and a comprehensive supply of safe baby gear, clothing, and toys. The resource center's workshops fill parents' noggins with know-how in breastfeeding, postpartum and newborn care, and infant massage for babies stressed by their new surroundings and piles of postbirth paperwork. In addition, The Tulip Grove gathers new and expecting parents for peer support groups and provides a lending library for nursery necessities. With daily classes available at each location, parents continually learn childcare skills such as proper nutrition, infant and child CPR, baby sign language, and how to win arguments with babies in sign language.
Family owned since 1969, Montclair Toyhouse has served Oakland and Piedmont area families for over 40 years. The owners have searched for the best toys available from the domestic and international toy markets and currently offer over 8,000 top quality, educational and creative play products.
At Nest Maternity, helpful staffers happily assist expecting moms, guiding them through what can often be a confusing, albeit exciting period in their lives. With the goal of making mothers-to-be comfortable, they adorned their shop with tranquil fountains, a lounge, and a kids' play area—all thoughtful details that helped earn them the Red Tricycle Award in 2011 for Best Maternity Store and in 2012 for Plushest Baby & Maternity Shops. Shelves teem with haute threads from Olian and Lilac, which celebrate and enhance the beauty of a woman's body during pregnancy, as well as accessories including musical CDs, nursing covers, diaper bags, and carriers. In addition to dresses, skirts, and jeans designed to fit over baby bumps, they also carry organic baby clothes that accommodate infants who are slowly transforming into larger infants or small children.
Inside Eastern Bakery, a photo shows Former President Bill Clinton biting into a lotus double-yolk moon cake during a visit in 1996. His enjoyment of the pastry is evident, and makes him just one of a lengthy list of fans. The staff even sends their famed moon cakes to anywhere in the United States, as well as to the moon, where they’re simply called cakes. As for the rest of the bakery, a 2012 segment on CBS 5 proclaims it has “more variety than almost any other bakery you’ll find anywhere.” Its display cases teem with coconut-filled fruit cakes and winter melon golden yolk cakes, as well as savory Chinese tamales that hide sticky rice, peanuts, and pork.