August 12, 2021
We sat down with our friends at Henry Bear's Park to chat about working in the toy industry! Check out this video of Nate unboxing his latest shipment from Great Pretenders and read the interview below to hear from Katie.
Nate unboxes a Great Pretenders Package
1. Who are you? Where is your store located and how long have you been in business?
We're Henry Bear's Park! We have 8 locations in the greater Boston area, and we've been lucky to be a part of the Boston community for over 45 years!
2. What is your favourite part about working in the toy industry?
The people! The industry seems to attract folks who are invested in staying young at heart and bringing the spirit of play into daily life, and there's something magical about that. It's a joy to turn work into playtime with such a fun and quirky crew.
3. What makes your business unique?
Henry Bear's Park is unique in how we're always looking to try new things. We are pretty bad at standing still, and we're always working on a new project or adventure.
4. What is one leadership lesson you've learned in your career?
The power of putting people first. It takes careful and deliberate work to create an environment where both your people and your customers feel valued as individuals, and though it may seem trite, that effort is so much more important than any bottom line.
5. What was your favourite toy as a child and why?
I had a Halloween decoration plastic spider that I dragged around with me everywhere. That poor thing was down a few legs over the years, but I loved taking it to the park "for walks". My poor parents were thrilled!
6. What is your favourite Great Pretender costume?
The Reversible Unicorn Dragon Cape! Some days you feel like a lovely, magical unicorn and other days a powerful, scaly dragon. With this cape, you have it all!
7. What do you wish to see more of from the toy industry? (gender neutral toys? STEM toys? etc.)
Imaginative, open-ended and gender inclusive playthings never go out of style. We'd love to see more gender neutral packaging in the toy industry. All toys are for all kids!
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April 01, 2021
March 04, 2021
Throwing a socially distant birthday party is actually simpler than you might think. For a memorable event, you should think outside the box and tailor the party to fit the birthday person’s interests. While in the middle of a global pandemic, it can be easy to cancel the party, but instead, you should make the effort to celebrate each birthday. It doesn’t have to be a large event or decorated perfectly, but it’s important to celebrate each birthday.
October 19, 2020
Our team has partnered with Mastermind Toys to bring you a creative package of Halloween Learning Materials for grades K-2.
These learning materials are intended to help parents structure their days around open-ended play and encourage new ways of learning. Whether you are homeschooling or looking for creative ways to celebrate Halloween all October long, we are certain you will enjoy this spooky stuff!