#eeBooAroundTown-Getting to know Brookside Toy and Science

Posted by design on Jul 21, 2016 in eeBoo Around Town

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 Happy Summer! For the latest in our #eeBooAroundTown series, we traveled to the hometown of eeBoo’s International Sales Manager Emily to hear all about the store where she worked  long before her days at eeBoo!  Brookside Toy and Science is located in Kansas City, Missouri. This local favorite is stocked with a variety of items including toys, games, dolls, collectibles, science kits, oddities and more.  Read below as we chat with owners Jim and Mary Jo Ward about their store, their community, and even taxidermy!

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 Quick intro, who are you? A little about you!

J: I’m Jim Ward and I’m 62. I started working in the store in 1964 for my mother. In 1970, I left and worked in commercial real estate. In 1995 I came back to the toy store and bought it from my mother.

MJ: Hi! I’m Mary Jo. I married Jim in 1978, and previous to that, I taught elementary school.

Where is your store located? How would you describe your local community?

 We are located in Brookside at 330. W. 63rd street in Kansas City, MO. It is a quant neighborhood with 100-year-old homes and lots of big trees. It is occupied by young families and professionals. There are lots of sidewalks and beautiful parks; statues and fountains.

How long has your store been open? Tell us your inspiration for opening and a little about your aesthetic. What kind of goods do you sell?

J: My mother bought the store in 1964 because she had five children and was always shopping here for birthday parties and there were lots of large Catholic  families in the neighborhood- many families had 10-12 kids.  A few years later, in 1967, mom bought a 50-year-old science company and that began a specialty niche for us.

In addition to toys and games, your store features some very unique items.  Tell us about  the taxidermy!

 J: Years ago I was in a lodge on lake Table Rock near Branson, Missouri before the store here was filled with taxidermy and it was a real draw. I thought it might be a good attraction for us and it has been! All of the mounts are from estate sales. Nobody here hunts.

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 What were your favorite toys to play with as a child?

 J: I loved building models, race cars, gas powered airplanes and Estes rockets.

MJ: I loved playing games, especially  Monopoly, and card games. I wasn’t big on dolls, but I did have Pitiful Pearl and Chatty Cathy. My favorite activity with friends was playing either “school” or “store.” I also loved “restaurant.” I was super excited when eeBoo came out with pretend play.

Which eeBoo toy is your favorite? Why?

 J: I love the puzzles. eeBoo’s greeting cards sell well for us!

MJ: Hmmm, so many! I love the sketchbooks and pencils. They make a wonderful gift for all ages.

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*Just for Fun!* Check out this old photo of Emily at eeBoo back when she used to work at Brookside! Oh, the memories!

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Tell us about some nearby spots in your neighborhood!

There are many unique shops and restaurants. One of our favorites is Stuff Kansas City for unique gifts. Our favorite restaurants are Bella Napoli and Avenues Bistro. Foo’s has great custard. We have two wonderful art museums nearby and also a miniature museum!

Thank you, Jim and Mary Jo! Check out their local Kansas City picks on the Google Map below! Also, you can take a virtual tour of their store on their website!

#eeBooAroundTown showcases small businesses we work with from around the country. Small businesses are vital to local communities, and are the heart of our business. Do you want to participate in our #eeBooAroundTown series? Reach out to samantha@eeboo.com

 

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eeBoo’s Watercolor Tips & Tricks

Posted by design on Jul 15, 2016 in Just for Fun, Product Feature

 

shop our new line of watercolors here. #HappyFriday

 

 

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eeBoo’s Top 5 Gifts for Summer Hosts

Posted by design on Jul 7, 2016 in Just for Fun, Product Feature

Everyone likes a summer party. And everyone loves a thoughtful guest.

At your next gathering, bring a lovely and unique gift to delight your hosts and show your gratitude.

a.  Peacock Garden 1008 Piece Puzzle

An ideal gift for a weekend visit with old friends.  Beautifully illustrated by Monika Forsberg, the puzzle image can be constructed from all sides, making it the perfect group activity. $18 each.

b.  Dessert Sketchbook & Color Pencil Set

At your next summer soiree, tell your hosts you think they’re sweet and creative with this dessert-themed sketchbook and color pencil set. $19 for set.

c.  Assorted Paper Fans

If your hosts have a flare for the dramatic, they’ll love these colorful and festive paper fans. Choose from three stunning designs: Flowers, Butterfly, and Peacock. $5 each.

d.  Bundle of Card Games

Mix and match an assortment of playing card games: Go Fish, Hearts, and Happy Families are eeBoo favorites. These portable packs provide hours of fun for all ages. $24 for bundle of 3.

e.  Language Flashcards

For going-away gatherings, wish your friends bon voyage with our simple & fun language flashcards in Spanish and French. $12 each.

Be cool this summer!

Tag a selfie with our new Paper Fan #eeBooFanClub on Instagram

& we’ll regram to our followers on eeBoo’s social media channels!

@eeBooalwaysgood

 

New Art Book: Learn to Draw People by Kevin Hawkes!

Posted by design on Jun 23, 2016 in Articles we like!, Learning through Looking, Special Interview

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Here at eeBoo, a few of our team members used this art book– and created the doodles shown above!

Send us YOUR drawings on Facebook or Instagram , tag them with #eeboolearntodraw

Learn to Draw People, a new art book from Kevin Hawkes and eeBoo

A wonderful addition to our Learn to Draw series, the new Learn to Draw People Art Book includes tons of fun drawing tips, as well as humorous and witty editorial comments about the art of drawing and sketching.  Full of helpful hints and illustrations that build on skills you learn as you go, this book will help you develop your own drawing style and build your confidence with a beautiful visual foundation.  Perfect to pair with our new sketchbooks and upcoming graphite pencils!

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Saxton Freymann on Illustrating for Children

Posted by design on Jun 17, 2016 in Just for Fun, Special Interview, Uncategorized

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Sequences and Before & After, illustrated by Saxton, promote logical ordering and help build executive function skills. While practicing these activities children are improving memory and recall, articulation of beginning, middle and end, and prediction, all of which are crucial for strong reading comprehension. Retailers, this item is now shipping! Consumers, you can find these products at your local eeBoo stockist, or on shop.eeboo.com

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eeBoo’s New Beauty of Color Flash Cards

Posted by design on Jun 10, 2016 in Articles we like!, Just for Fun, Special Interview

The Beauty of Color Flashcards are a vibrant deck of 48 color cards featuring a wide array of unusual colors. Encouraging a rich vocabulary, a careful eye towards color differentiation, and an exploration of the history and etymology of colors, our Beauty of Color flash cards appeal to a wide range of adults and children. Retailers, come see one at one of our upcoming trade shows. Consumers and fans of eeBoo, these will be available at your local stores and our website late Summer 2016.

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Below the Surface 1008 Piece Puzzle- A Review!

Posted by design on May 20, 2016 in Just for Fun, Product Feature

I’m Madeleine, a former employee and fan of eeBoo. I’ve always been a fan of grand gestures with a dramatic flair, which is why I decided that my family should meet my boyfriend’s family in a mansion that can be only be described as an evil villain’s lair. Sure, they could have met in Kansas City, where they both live, but what is the fun in that? That is how it came to pass that we spent a week in a four-story Airbnb mansion in Colorado. What we didn’t expect was the daily snow that comes with staying on top of a mountain in late April. Thank goodness I brought the eeBoo Below The Surface 1008 piece puzzle!

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 We cracked open the box and sat at the table near the cozy fire to start flipping all of the pieces right side up. What I love about this puzzle is that everyone can work on it at once from all sides and angles. Monika Forsberg‘s art is orbicular around a central starfish that acts as the puzzle’s Northern Star. The first day we didn’t get very far. We put together some of the edges and started grouping together the schools of fish. I named myself the Boat Captain and started collecting the pieces for all the boats. I hoping the nickname Boat Captain will stick, so please continue to call me that.

Day two: we got all of the edges together, then we really started cooking with oil. Pieces were flying left and right. The box was handed around, so that people could look at the the artwork we needed to put together. We worked as a team on the coral. I placed the final ducks and swans around the edges. As a team, we dove into the schools of fish deep below the surface.

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 Day three: our spirits were higher than ever. We knew we would complete the puzzle that day. This puzzle is challenging, because there are very similar schools of fish and birds on different sides of the puzzle. You may think that you found a piece that goes with the section you are working on, only to discover that it goes on the opposite side. I may be a mere Boat Captain, but I would say this is the hardest 1008 piece puzzle that I’ve ever put together (and the only 1008 piece puzzle). I’d recommend the Below the Surface puzzle for older kids and adults to work together on. Thanks eeBoo, for helping our families come together. We had a blast below the surface!

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Images & review for eeBoo by Madeleine Burkart.

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#NSS2016 What’s New at eeBoo’s booth #2427

Posted by design on May 11, 2016 in Press Articles, Product Feature, Special Event

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A beautiful display #eeBooAroundtheWorld

Posted by design on May 6, 2016 in Be Crafty!, Diy, Just for Fun, Uncategorized

This beautiful eeBoo craft display is going off to Japan! #craft #eeboo #felt #pompoms #pipecleaners #DIY #display #eeBooAroundTheWorld

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Celebrate Screen Free Week- May 2nd-8th!

Posted by design on Apr 27, 2016 in Just for Fun, Special Event

Click the image to enlarge eeBoo’s screen free recommendations + to hear a word from our founder Mia on creativity instead of screens.

eeBoo supports Screen Free Week. Click below for more information!

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