Retailer of the Month Feature: Five Little Monkeys
The History and Magic Behind the locally-owned, family run, green certified, San Francisco Bay Area toy store
Why a toy store? Turns out, Stephanie's father, originally from France, is a toy designer and is the creator of the award winning Whoozit®! Some of her fondest memories as a child consisted of annual trips to France with frequent visits to toy stores. Five Little Monkey’s design and feel is reflective of the fond memories of Stephanie’s childhood, mixed with inspiration pulled from the quirky shops and cute boutiques she came to know on Solano Avenue in Albany, CA. Five Little Monkeys opened their doors on November 16, 2001.
Since Stephanie's Father created the Whoozit, after deciding to open the store, the first toy order she placed was through Manhattan Toy. The store has always had a special affinity for all Manhattan Toy products and their toy assortment has continued to grow over the years. When it comes to selecting products for their store, they are always on the hunt for fun, educational, environmentally sound and safe toys. Their motto is "Imaginative toys for creative minds!" To stay abreast of the newest toys, they have their staff complete weekly reports to stay up to speed with what their customers are looking for and ways to improve their selection and customer experience. In addition, they attend yearly trade shows to discover new designs, as well as the latest innovations and trends in the industry.