G. Willikers! Blog

Aug 23, 2008

2008 Fairy House Tour

Brush off your wings and take flight for the 4th annual Fairy House Tour! G.Willikers is busy getting ready for this wonderful weekend of imagination and fairy house building!

This is one of the most creative fundraising events we have been a part of and it just keeps building each year! Inspired by Lee, NH author/illustrator Tracy Kane's Fairy House Book Series, this event brings thousands to Portsmouth's South End. The Friends of The South End have done an incredible job putting together this event that benefits many of Portsmouth's most cherished historic treasures.

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You can now purchase admission buttons at G.Willikers, check out Tracy Kane's Fairy House Books, and on Sept. 16th, preview fairy houses in our storefront window!

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Aug 21, 2008

Seacoast Buy Local Cruise

Buy Local CruiseBuy Local Cruise

Last Tuesday night, my brother and I attended the Seacoast Buy Local Cruise aboard the Thomas Laighton. The skies cleared making for a perfect night to explore the Portsmouth Harbor.

We joined over 100 fellow business owners for a fabulous evening of food, music and mingling. We had the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new business owners.

It was a comfortable, casual night that lent itself to easy conversation and the sharing of stories, ideas and potential future collaboration. The day to day tasks of running a business can keep you from stepping outside your own four walls, so this evening was a particularly great opportunity to broaden our horizons!

Thank you to the folks at Seacoast Local who worked so hard and enthusiastically to make this a successful night. Thank you to the generosity of the local restaurants who donated the delicious appetizers, and to our fellow business owners who took the time to come out and remind us all what a great community the Seacoast is to do business in!


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Aug 16, 2008

Smart Gear Wood Training Bike!

Smart Gear BikeSmart Gear Bike Training bikes from Smart Gear are zooming off the shelves and out our door!

Our customers are loving this new product, and so are we! These wooden training bikes give new bike riders (suitable for ages 2-5) a safe, effective and fun way to learn how to ride!

No pedals! No training wheels!

Children learn to balance and ride while boosting their confidence! Just $89.00!

Stop by G.Willikers! and take a test drive!

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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 22, 2008

Kidzsacks! Backpacks colored by your kids' imaginations!

kidzacskkidzacsk After being in and around the toy business since 1978, I have had the opportunity over the years to see many, many unique products that are designed for kids.

While we have and always will carry toys and products from the bigger, well-known manufacturers, it is often the products from the smaller companies and individuals that are most inspiring to me.

I'm always impressed when I meet someone who has an idea and actually follows it through, and I'm even more impressed when that someone is a mom! As a mother myself, I know how all-consuming parenting can be, and it amazes me how some parents are able to manage it all, still have the energy to think of a great idea, and pursue the hard work that it takes to actually make that idea a reality!

Tina Hill has done just that with her Kidzsacks, and she continues to move forward, fine-tuning her product and her approach as she learns hands-on what it takes to develop and market a product.

Kidsacks: A fun idea!

Tina started off with all the right elements: A fun idea, a commitment to quality and thoughtful materials, and a great design sense.

Kidzsacks have been a wonderful addition to our store, especially as we grow our inventory of locally and USA made products. They not only are a great art activity for kids of all ages, but they are fun and practical, and won't get discarded after use like so many products these days.

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