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Why Small Businesses Matter in Bethel: The Toy Room

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YOU'RE IT The Toy Room!

Three questions with Kimberly Ramsey, owner of The Toy Room.

Why did you start your business?

I started the business because I always wanted to own my own store & I love working in retail - there's so much variety in retail, you never know what is going to happen next.  I could never sit in an office and do the same thing day after day.  I hate the paperwork end of it but the interaction I get with the customers, toy companies & my reps, the buying, visual displays, customer service, problem-solving - I love all of that! Toys were a great fit for me because it's such a fun and upbeat industry & I get to embrace my inner child.

Bestselling product/service?

My best selling category in the store is always Arts & Crafts...but my single best selling item is probably Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty - I've carried them for probably 10 years now and they have always been a steady seller, these past 2 years we've really experienced a huge boom in sales.

How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
 
I love being able to carry products from local businesses. Luke's Toy Factory in Danbury (and made in USA),  Carma Games in Westport, Tegu in Darien, and Madd Capp in upstate Connecticut, are 4 smaller companies that I love supporting. Of course Melissa & Doug is the big Connecticut name that we also carry. 
 
The business that I'm tagging is the Gift Cottage.
 
The Toy Room is located at 153 Greenwood Ave., Bethel, CT.
 

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