Last week I spent 6 days in Atlanta at the AmericasMart looking for new items to bring to sell this Spring and in our 2017 Christmas Shop. One of my favorite places to stop is Channel Craft Toys. We started selling his toys last year and they went over great. Dean Helfer, Jr, President and Founder of Channel Craft has been creating Authentic American Toys, Games & Puzzles for 34 years. Each is handcrafted of the finest materials from the good old USA.
When you walk into his showroom it’s like walking into your childhood. Tiddly Winks, Jumbo Jacks and Pick Up Sticks are just a few toys that are laid out for you to touch and play with while drinking a terrific root beer float. Dean is always so excited to show off all of his toys. This year he invited his buyers to dinner at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack in Atlanta. Oh my gosh! Best ribs ever!! We all went together and were able to listen to some great blues music.
One of the live band members is 93 years old and comes out to play just to stay young at heart. And could he ever play! I was lucky enough to get to sit next to Santa Claus during this dinner. Apparently he gets Dean to help with his long Christmas list each year. I can’t wait to share with everyone some of these old fashioned toys this coming Spring. I hope you will try them and get down on the floor with your children and grand children and just have fun!
Before you think Behnke’s is turning into a toy store, I did find other treasures for your home and gardens, including many items made in the USA. And yes, I did get new fairies for our fairy garden area which is under construction as it gets a fresh new look. I hope, like me, you are looking forward to fun times at the nursery in 2017!
by Stephanie Fleming, Behnke’s Vice President