This past Saturday I did a quick trip to New York to attend the 4th Annual Designer Toy Awards. Organized by the good folks at Clutter Magazine, the DTAs strive to recognize the art, artists and companies involved in this crazy designer toy world. I'm happy to report that we've brought home the award for Best Toy Store thanks to all of your votes!
This was my acceptance speech (or if you want to hear me nervously mumble it, check out the DTAs on Twitch.tv)...
It's been a little over ten years since my wife and I started down this strange journey we're on. And the past year has been especially gratifying. What started as the thought that maybe we'd like to have a small toy store, more as a hobby than anything, has turned into the foundation for our growing family. The fact that we get to work surrounded by toys and art, and also actually make a living, still kind of blows my mind. We are so thankful for what we have and humbled that others appreciate what we do and how we do it.
Ok...some quick thank yous...
First, and foremost, thanks to our customers, fans and friends. We simply can't do what we do without you.
Thanks to all of the artists, creators, customizers and manufacturers who are keeping designer toys alive. It's been a rough few years for our little niche, but the creativity perseveres and is still inspiring.
Thanks to Clutter and all of the toy bloggers who help spread the love of toys.
Thanks to the other nominees in this category and all the stores. You are all an important part of keeping designer toys alive and we could not possibly do it out without all of us.
Thanks to our staff, who deserve all the credit for keeping the train rolling on a day to day basis:
-- Ed Gielow
-- Emily O'Brien
-- David van Alphen
-- Rahsaan Hawkins
-- Luisa Castellanos
-- Hellen Lee
Thanks to Joe Somers (aka Squibbles Ink) for not only being a partner but a friend.
Finally, a huge thanks to my wife Whitney for not only being a great business partner, but also a great wife, and a wonderful mother to our new son.