SPECIALTY TOYS & GIFTS | NEWS TUCKER TOYS ENTERS THE SPECIAL NEEDS MARKET Last spring, two of Tucker Toys’ products—the E-Z Grip ball and the Phlat Ball—received special needs approval from AblePlay, a division of Lekotek. Immediately after, Tucker Toys and Goliath Games, the U.S. distributor for the Phlat Ball, teamed up
E-Z Grip Balls
to donate a case of each product to all of Lekotek’s Toy Lending Libraries across the U.S. This year, four new Tucker Toys’ products received special needs approval. The company also established partnerships with charitable organizations, such as NWO Apraxia Support, donating prizes for events that benefit members of the special needs communities. One of the toys that received special
needs approval last year has already become well-known among special needs professionals, and therapy practitioners are using it as an occupational therapy tool. »
ASTRA TO HONOR INDUSTRY LEADERS AT MARKETPLACE & ACADEMY The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced this year’s winners of ASTRA’s Excellence Awards. The awards recognize leading retailers, manufacturers, and sales representatives who represent the best of the specialty toy industry. The 2016 awardees are: Stephanie Sala, owner of Five Little Monkeys, for the Retailer Excellence Award; The Orb Factory for the Manufacturer Excellence Award; and Betsey Harney of Sugar B Sales and Shauna Davidson of WundeReps for the Sales Representative Excellence Award. The award ceremony will take place on June 6 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver during ASTRA’s annual Awards Breakfast and Business Meeting. »
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Many of us are traveling to Denver for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA’s) Marketplace & Academy trade show, and in...