About The Owner

Cristin - Owner & Founder

Cristin has over 25 years of experience in teaching children in a wide variety of ways.  Cristin always knew she wanted to teach children.  As a young teenager, she created a summer camp for kids that lived in her development.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY College at Fredonia.  From there, she taught second grade at Mother of Sorrows School in Rochester, NY.  After the birth of her second child, she became a stay at home mom.  During her time at home with her children, she was actively involved in Mom’s clubs, volunteered as a coach, taught at religious education, and did a wide variety of activities for the schools her children went to.   When her fourth child entered preschool, Cristin went back to teaching.  She taught at Saint John’s Preschool at New Hartford NY. 

Cristin decided to open the store because she felt there was something missing in the community.  She is a firm advocate of play for children.  In today’s society, play is becoming less and less a part of a child’s life.  Schools are starting to shrink the amount of time play is part of the day – including shrinking recess.  There is increasing pressure to start a child in sports, music, etc. at younger and younger ages.  While all of these things are of value, PLAY is more valuable!!  Play is a way for children to achieve new abilities and skills.  Toys help children – problem Solve, organize, learn cause & effect, develop language skills, and most of all have fun!!