New toy shop caters to minority kids


A former executive with Toys “R” Us began his own unique business after the famous company was forced to close its doors this past summer.

For the first time in seven years, Glendon Warner will not be working through the holidays in a Toys “R” US but his own newly opened shop called ‘Toys, Babies and More.’

“I was grateful to work with Toys “R” Us and gain a lot of experience so I can make my store, presentation wise and all that kind of good stuff,” said Warner. “There is a need for the market for a toy store. It is always, everybody wants their kids to grow up in a toy store or actually visit a toy store.”

But a stroll through Warner’s shop shows one big difference, almost all of the barbies, action figures and dolls reflect the areas diverse minority community.

This inclusiveness has made the store a welcomed addition to the community.

“In my era, there were no African American dolls,” said holiday shopper Denise Thomas. “There were no Korean dolls. There were no Hispanic dolls. I think it is beautiful that he has come up with ethnic backgrounds for us to be able to identify with.”

Warner also wanted to make sure his toys were more than just mermaids, fairies and fashion models.

Glendon’s most popular dolls portray women of color as doctors, scientists and veterinarians which he hopes will leave a positive impact on his young customers.

“You can become whatever you want,” said Warner. “That is why I am here. I came from a different county, Guyana, and it is always an opportunity in this country. Say you can become whatever you want as long as you study and put your mind to it.”

Glendon’s shop has also established a website which has allowed it to make several international sales, including one to a customer in Great Britain.

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