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Consumers Turn to Local Toy Store in Light of Recalls

"We get to deal on a regular basis with the manufacturers and we get to know a little bit more knowledge about the products that they make," said Virginia Nowak "We get to deal on a regular basis with the manufacturers and we get to know a little bit more knowledge about the products that they make," said Virginia Nowak
"It definitely makes me feel better to know that these toys, have some kind of safety," said Susan Boring. "It definitely makes me feel better to know that these toys, have some kind of safety," said Susan Boring.

Toy recalls are forcing parents to search out stores where they can buy toys that are safe for their children. The Great American Toy Store on Coulter Blvd prides itself on dealing with independent toy companies who do not mass produce toys.

"We get to deal on a regular basis with the manufacturers and we get to know a little bit more knowledge about the products that they make. So we can answer questions when consumers come in and want to know," said Virginia Nowak, owner of the Great American Toy Store. Nowak says she's seen an increase in business, in light of the recent toy recalls. She says parents want to know where the toys they buy were made, and what they have in them. "Our business has boosted because people are seeking us out. They want an alternative to mass merchant, you know, big box stores," said Nowak.

Big box stores, like Toys 'R Us are under scrutiny, after toy-giant Mattel recalled millions of toys from China in recent weeks. Susan Boring was looking for a gift for one of her three children.  She says knowing that an independent store chooses toys that undergo several rounds of testing puts her at ease. "I just trust that when I go to a store it's going to be taken care of for me, and it's not going to to be on the shelf (a bad toy)," said Boring.

As Mattel heads to Capitol Hill to testify before Congress about the recent recalls, Nowak says she believes knowing what's going on behind the scenes is half the battle. "I think knowledge in what we sell is power, we can help consumers make an equated decision when they're going to buy a toy for their child. We can answer any questions," said Nowak.That philosophy sits well with some parents. "It definitely makes me feel better to know that these toys, have some kind of safety," said Boring.

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