Thanks to super fun toys and a great “candy bar”, Nifty Toy and Gift is thriving after 6 months in our neighborhood. Owner Paula Hlastala says the biggest challenge since opening her doors “has been letting people know we are here. We’re not the gym anymore, and we’re not an office. Magnolia has such a wonderful small-town quality, but people have their routines, their “loop”, and sometimes it’s hard to attract attention for something new.”
Step inside the unassuming façade and find that the shop holds many surprises (for instance, bacon and mustache-scented candles). A new neon sign, participation in community events, and the fact that Nifty stocks the Rainbow Loom, have helped direct people to the colorful little shop on the corner of 32nd and Raye. Older kids have been pleased to discover “it’s not just for babies” like some assumed.
There’s still time to visit before Christmas for some last-minute holiday shopping. Regular store hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday, noon-5pm. Nifty is usually closed Mondays, but will be open this Monday December 23rd 11am-6pm. They will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But…owner Paula says if the store hours do not fit your schedule, just contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-858-6671 to arrange a private shopping appointment.
Be sure to check out their sticker club (if you have returned 5 date stamps for your $2 in credit, you are eligible for a special gift the week between Christmas and the New Year. Select a mystery prize, and inside, find a special treat or store credit, up to $20, just for being such a valued customer). And, the first 100 Magnolia Voice readers will receive a special gift if you mention MV when you visit the store!