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Teaching Toys, Too co-owner Valla Wagner takes a recent spin
through her new Uptown Gig Harbor toy store.
GIG HARBOR — A new toy store just opened in
Uptown Gig Harbor.
ce April 30, Teachin
g Toys, Too has been packin
One step in
side the large, well-lit store, and you’ll know you’re in
g stuffed animals eye customers from the second they enter the
corner shop. Books and games, and racks of colorful, neatly-stacked toys seem to
Co-owner Valla Wagner said there’s nothin
g quite like her customer-friendly
toy biz anywhere around — except that is — the Tacoma store, where she and
Melissa Tennille have been doin
ess for years.
part by the popular demand from their commutin
g Gig Harbor customers,
the two women opened their Gig Harbor store to help a growin
g community by
g an in
ventory of diverse, in
Wagner said the combin
ation of bein
g an in
dependent venture, and havin
heart for children, are the keys to her Main
Street store’s sudden
She said that unlike the bigger stores, like Toys R Us and Target, her place
is more of a ma-and-pa kin
d of neighborhood store.
g Toys, Too offers the classic toys like yo-yos, Frisbees, jump ropes,
g blocks and others that have stood the test of time. But what makes this
store different are the toys that help children thin
k about their world, and
help them grow in
to well-rounded adults, Wagner said.
She feels that kids are hardwired to learn stuff, and she believes that the
simple choice of choosin
g particular toys with learnin
g value is very
“When people walk in
with any age child, or a child with any particular
terest or any ability, we’ll be able to say that we have the right toy for
“We don’t want to just sell them somethin
g. We’d rather have them leave with
g than sell them somethin
g that doesn’t match a child,” Wagner said
the store is hand-selected by the owners, and products range in
price from $1 to around $100.
The store sells plenty of board games, even the models that change and evolve
as kids grow. There’s also stuff for kids that come in
with just a pocket full
of change, and they boast an array of fun family-based games.
Another standout for Teachin
g Toys, Too is that it is fast-becomin
g a local
resource for teachers and therapists that may need somethin
g specific to aid as
“There’s a lot of good schools, teachers, parents, and grandparents, that
really care about the kids in
their lives out here.
“We believe that we’ve put together a group of choices that will serve this
community. It’s our hope that they’ll come out and meet us, and take a look at
g that’s different than anythin
g they’ve seen before,” Wager added.
formation, call (253) 514-6113.