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Mar 26, 2014


We've chosen Gambies as the next woman owned company to highlight on the blog. This wonderful company from Bath, Maine is owned and operated by Margarte Jane Conover. She produces a wonderful, hand printed and 100% cotton, hooded gown that can be worn from infancy through toddlerhood, which is whi it's one of our go-to babygifts in the store. Gambies will keep your little one warm and cozy for many years; Just take out the bottom drawstring once the baby turns 3 month, and it can be worn as a cover-up/sweatshirt for many years to come.
We hope you'll check out this wonderful company the next time you visit G.Willikers!  

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Mar 19, 2014


In honor of women's history month, we wil be featuring several of our favorite women owned and/or operated businesses on the blog over the next few weeks.

Today we start with one of our favorite toy companies; eeBoo !

Eeboo; Tot Tower: EeBoo's Animal Tot Tower. A longtime favoriteEeboo; Tot Tower: EeBoo's Animal Tot Tower. A longtime favorite


This wonderful company was started about 18 years ago by President and Creative Director, Mia Galison. Eeboo toys and games have always been a favorite at G.Willikers! Their bright and colorful designs appeal to kids of all ages, and their un-official slogan "get down on the floor and play (with your kids)" shines through in all their designs. While we love the company's commitment to working only with small stores, what appeals to us even more is they have continually offered an assortment of well-made, interactive, educational toys for $25 or less (with most of their line well below $20).

Eeboo toys encourage imaginative play. They don't interact with your child, but let your child explore their own imagination and interact with the world around them. For example; a ballerina spinner game encourages dress up, a community game lets them see their own community and environment through new eyes, and the art supplies lets kids discover and explore the beauty of the world around them as well as their own imaginary world. There's no question why they are such a popular brand!

To learn more about this wonderful company and it's owner, read this article. We think you'll end up loving them as much as we do!

If you're interested in some great and free craft ideas, make sure you check out the Eeboo Blog    

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Nov 01, 2013

Support the (H)EAT fund through One Dime at a Time

At G.Willikers! we are commited to our local community and one of the ways we contribute is by cutting back on our use of bags.

In an effort to be conscious of our environment we encourage customers to go Bag Free by donating a dime each time through our One Dime at a Time program. Each month we choose a different charity to donate to, and this month we will once again donate to the Seacoast Local's (H)EAT Fund. Each year, from Nov 1 through March 1 the members of this local organization, through support from their customers, raise funds for food and fuel assistance to provide "Ten Thousand Meals, Ten Thousand Gallons" to people in need on the Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast.

For 35 years, the seacoast community has supported our little toy shop and we feel privileged to be able to give a little back through donations of time, merchandise and money! 


(H)EAT Fund(H)EAT Fund

To learn more about this organization go to www.seacoastlocal.org or heat-eat.blogspot.com

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Aug 01, 2008

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire is our August "Partner in Play"!

Children's Museum of NHChildren's Museum of NH The Children's Museum of New Hampshire (formerly The Portsmouth Childrens Museum) has been a long time friend of G.Willikers! Toy Shop.

We have been building, playing and collaborating with them for two decades. And while we will miss them in Portsmouth, we look forward to making new memories together, and celebrate their recent Grand Opening at their new location in Dover, New Hampshire!


Visit their fabulous new website to plan your next trip to the Children's Museum of NH.




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Jul 16, 2008

Izzy's Ice Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream is our July Partner in Play!

G.Willikers! What a great summer for ice cream!

To celebrate this month's Partnership with Izzy's, we're having some fun!

Stop on in at Izzy's Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream (33 Bow St., Portsmouth NH) for a sweet refreshing dessert then stroll on up to G.Willikers! Toy Shop to check out our Izzy's Window Display: a "groovy" scene with 2 child- sized (literally the size of a child!) ice cream cones.

Lick off your lips and come on in for some hands-on fun!!!



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Jul 04, 2008

Thank You Seacoast Science Center!

We'd like to thank the Seacoast Science Center for being our Partner in Play for the month of June!

From our "Under the Sea" Store front window, to our G.Willikers! After Hours Event and storytime at the Science Center, we had "Oceans of Fun"!

I especially loved reading Herman the Hermit Crab to an enthusiastic group of Science Center Campers and visitors. We sang a hermit crab song, pretended we were hermit crabs with our Bilibo Chair shells and saw live hermit crabs!

Jody Reading at the SSC!Jody Reading at the SSC!

We donated the Science Center a check for $50.00 which came from 10% of sales from their G.Willikers! After Hours, and $30.00 from our "save a bag" initiative. G.Willikers donates 10 cents to a local "green" fund whenever our customers choose not to take a plastic bag. That means that during the month of June together we saved 300 plastic bags from going into the environment! That's nothing to be "crabby" about!


This July we will be welcoming Izzy's Ice Cream shop as our next "Partner in Play!

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May 30, 2008

Introducing our June Partners in Play: Seacoast Science Center

As part of the many exciting things that we are doing throughout 2008 to celebrate our 30th year, we are hosting "Partners in Play" - partnering with our Seacoast neighbors to celebrate and support kids and families. This month we're excited to welcome the Seacoast Science Center as our newest Partner in Play!

Our Market St. Window will be transformed into an ocean theme, and we have several activities that we'll be collaborating on for the month of June, including a Go Bag Free! initiative and special G.Willikers! After Hours sales event that will donate 10% of the nights proceeds to the center.

About the Seacoast Science Center

The Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH is a "must see" for anyone wishing to discover the natural treasures and rich history of coastal New Hampshire. The Center's dramatic seaside setting, interpretive exhibits, and commitment to creating a memorable, personalized experience for each visitor sets it apart from other museums, aquariums and attractions.

To learn more about the Seacoast Science Center, visit their website at www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

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May 22, 2008

To Celebrate our 30th birthday, we started a fun new initiative called Partners in Play

Each month this year we have partnered with other Seacoast businesses and non-profits to celebrate our connections to this great community. It's hard to believe we're half way through the year!

We've had so much fun joining with these groups in a whole host of ways. We've partnered up for game days, story times, fundraisers and more. We have also found creative ways to do marketing and advertising together.

Our Market Street Partners in Play window has received lots of attention, and it has been great to collaborate and see how each new partnership designs the window. It's a true testament to the value of sharing resources and ideas.

Click here learn more about our Partners in Play program or to find out whose up next.

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Jan 01, 2008

Our First Partners in Play: Portsmouth Regional Maternal Child Services

As part of our 30th Birthday Year celebration, G.Willikers! Toy Shop is introducing a new local initiative: "Partners in Play." Each month we're partnering with our Seacoast neighbors to celebrate and support kids and families.

We will be featuring them in our storefront window and we'll display information about them at our counter so you can appreciate many of the great things that are available for children and families in our community.

Our first ever Partner in Play is Portsmouth Regional Maternal Child Services.

About Portsmouth Regional Maternal Child Services

Portsmouth Regional Hospital Maternal Child Services offers ongoing support for moms and families. To learn more about Portsmouth Regional Maternal Child Services, visit their website at www.portsmouthhospital.com

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