Monday, August 12, 2013

Shop Local Portland: Mud Puddles Toys & Books!

Through the summer I will be featuring one local business a week that is either in Portland or near by

 Today, I am featuring: MudPuddles Toys & Books, a wonderful toy store in Sherwood, OR. You can read all about it below along with an interview with the owner below.

MudPuddles is giving away a free gift card to one lucky local reader!
 Enter through the rafflecopter below.

16420 SW Langer Drive • Sherwood, OR 97140
 (503) 625- 7699

My daughter and I have been shopping at Mud Puddles for years, and it's definitely our favorite toy store. It  is located in Sherwood in the same shopping center as Safari Sams. The selection is fabulous, they carry high quality educational toys, books, board games, and more. They have many toy samples out so that the children can play while you shop. My daughter asks to go there all the time because she has such a blast playing. The associates are always very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Next time you are looking for a children's birthday gift stop by, they have so many fun unique options and they offer free gift wrapping!

They also have some very fun events for children like the upcoming Royal Princess Academy on August 28th! Be sure to like their Facebook page for updates!

I interviewed owner Kate Noreen so that we could all learn more about her awesome store!

When was  the MudPuddles established?  
The store opened nearly 14 years ago.  I purchased the store in February 2012 when the original owner retired.  I had worked for her as the "Sunday Girl" when my youngest was a baby, wrote the newsletter for years, ran several events including Magic Tree House and American Girl Book Clubs and was store manager for several years.   It has been my dream to be a small business owner and when Eddi called me to ask if I wanted to buy MudPuddles I was over the moon!  I feel like I'm living my dream everyday!

Can you give a brief description of what MudPuddles is all about?  

Our mission is to provide quality toys and books with real play value and providing a wonderful shopping experience in our store.   We love to hear your story whether that is finding the perfect birthday gift for a grandchild or choosing items to keep the kids entertained in the backseat on the next family road trip.  We have a lot of toys and games out of the box for our customers to touch, feel and play.  It is what makes us unique from the big box stores. 

Do you offer any special promotions?  

Yes!  We have a Facebook page and we send out our  "Esplash" newsletter monthly.  Our website is currently getting a facelift but should be back up in September.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell everyone? Upcoming events include the following:

  • Royal Princess Academy, Saturday, August 28 at 11am - Join us as we celebrate, do activities, play games and celebrate princesses that don't like pink! For girls ages 6+yrs.  Cost $5.00 each.  Every pre-registered guest will receive a copy of ROYAL PRINCESS ACADEMY: DRAGON DREAMS by Laura Joy Rennert 
  • Summer Super Sale August 24 - its our once-a-year clearance event
  • Neighborhood Toy Store Day November 9 - We'll have glitter tattoos, games, raffles, Yo-Yo class, magic show, etc
  • Small Business Saturday November 30

I am teaming up with Mud Puddles to give away a $20 gift card! 

Big thank you to Kate for this awesome giveaway!
This giveaway is sponsored by Mud Puddles. The giveaway will end Monday, August 19th at 9 am PST. Please enter through the rafflecopter below.

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