We're thrilled you've stopped by and want to know more about us.
The question we are asked over and over again is why a toy store?
It's really quite simple... who doesn't LOVE a toy store? I have very vivid and wonderful memories of wandering through Toy World at Billings Bridge as a young girl. I loved everything about it, the toys, the smell and my imagination ran wild. Occasionally my mom or dad would allow us to "pick out something small just because" and let me tell you, being the youngest of four in a house of hand-me- downs, it was a treasure to be cherished. I truly have my parents to thank for creating opportunities to form incredible childhood memories and planting a "one day" dream in this little girls head! Who wouldn't want to work in a magical place like that?
As the years went on I knew I wanted to one day be a teacher, like my father, and entered the world of Early Childhood Education. Working with children is a magic all on its own. Our beautiful children, Caroline and Jaden, blessed our lives and I was fortunate to stay home with them for over 6 years and cherished every moment! I continue to work in the field and have enjoyed being part of it for over 23 years.
Etienne entered into the world of business as a young man and has never looked back. Dry-cleaning was in the family history so naturally Etienne followed suit (no pun intended). Etienne started working for his father in his teens and quickly climbed the ladder to customer relations, franchise partner and owner where he ran a very successful business in downtown Ottawa for 18 years. During those years he also partnered with his father and set up a dry cleaning business in Costa Rica. In 2005 Etienne decided to sell his Ottawa store and move with his young family to sunny Costa Rica.
Which brings us all the way to 2010 and the creation of My Toy Shop! We decided to combine our respective fields to offer Manotick and the surrounding area a top quality educational toy shopping experience. My ECE background provides us with the stages of play throughout child development and Etienne brings his business savvy and outstanding customer service.
Our goal is to provide our customers with variety of quality unique toys, award winners, latest fads and old favorites. We know which toys are developmentally appropriate, meet both play and educational value, and most importantly stand the test of time. We guarantee My Toy Shop will prove to be a fun shopping experience for the whole family and fit any budget.
Toys are not just for the young but for the young at heart. There is a whole world to explore and discover at My Toy Shop!
See you soon,
Claire & Etienne
An interview from Parentrepreneur June 2, 2014.