Owner reflects on ‘special’ 30 years

Published date11 August 2022
Publication titleSouthland Express
Starting from small beginnings in Dee St on August 11, 1992, to its current spot at 13 Tay St, it was evident the store had grown in more ways than one

During the 30 years, the independent business had branched out to Dunedin, and along with the expansion of the store, Mrs Brown’s knowledge of toys had continued to grow too, she said.

‘‘I guess I have a broad knowledge on my toys, I know when products have changed their name or what toys are still available from years ago or if things are obsolete.’’

Some of the toys in store included floor puzzles, smart games, board games and a selection of books.

Mrs Brown had enjoyed selling toys throughout the years, and recalls Octopus Kites designed by Peter Lynn in Ashburton were one of the first toys she sold to customers.

To this day, the toy was still a popular seller, she said.

Her main motivation for starting the business was to be able to provide Southlanders with toys they otherwise could not get their hands on.

‘‘Our shop’s philosophy has always been to provide good-quality toys to the people of Southland, and further afield with the website.

‘‘Many items are extensive to the store and our toys cater from the age of babies to teenagers.’’

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