Linda Ambrosino is an employee at G. Willikers toy store, which is located in Saratoga Springs. She has worked there for over 30 years.
1 What’s your favorite part about working during the holiday season?
People are always in a good mood when they come to a toy store. It’s fun to help shop for all the kids and help fulfill their wishes. Wishes and magic, they’re what the season is all about, and working here helps put you in that holiday spirit.
Like book and record shops, the charming independent toy store has been virtually written off in this age of online and big-box emporiums.
But don’t talk endangered to Michelle and Paul Gillen-Doobrajh, the "mom-and-pop" team that opened Tildie’s Toy Box at 1839 E. Passyunk Ave. (near Mifflin) last summer “to a great response from the community,” Michelle said.
Open as of Saturday, Tildie's Toy Box is East Passyunk's latest retail offering. Michelle Gillen-Doobrajh and her husband, Paul, who live in the neighborhood, set up shop at 1829 East Passyunk Ave. after having more than a few rough go-rounds shopping for their two daughters on the web.
Delilah Johnson, 10, shows her Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty on April 9, 2016, at her Bensenville home. The owners of local toy stores say the putty is flying off their shelves. (Chris Sweda / Chicago Tribune)
The Liquid Glass Thinking Putty that Vat19 sells makes for a great desktop toy for those times when you don’t feel like working. But as the folks at VAT19 discovered, the putty also makes for a terrible substitute for water when it comes to bathing.
The ridiculous experiment involved filling a bathtub with 500 pounds of the crystal clear putty, and then having an unfortunate victim climb inside—or at least try to. Given how thick and viscous the putty was, it actually took quite a while for the unfortunate victim to sink to the bottom of the tub. And getting out? That was an even bigger challenge.