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Nov 10, 2016, 09:00 ET 'Going Local' Gives Back:

"Local" is the way to go these days, as more consumers come to understand that locally sourced products help protect the environment and support...


Oct 18, 2016, 10:00 ET Looking For Advice On Which Toys Are Right For Your Kids This Holiday Season? Ask The Experts At ASTRA

There are so many "Best Toy Lists" available these days. Which ones can you trust? Organizations that review toys and create "best toy" lists are...


Nov 12, 2015, 09:30 ET 'Going Local' Now Goes Beyond Fruits And Veggies Sixth Annual Neighborhood Toy Store Day Celebrates The Toy Store Next Door -- And The Unique Selection It Offers Kids

 These days, those in the know "shop local" when stocking the kitchen pantry. Restaurants boasting locally sourced ingredients, meanwhile,...


Oct 20, 2015, 12:49 ET Which Toys Are The Right Ones For Your Kids This Holiday Season? Ask The Experts At ASTRA

When it comes to choosing the right toy for your child this holiday season, whom do you trust for advice? Organizations that review toys and...


Nov 06, 2014, 09:30 ET Shop Local, Support The Community And Have Fun This "Neighborhood Toy Store Day," Saturday, November 8

Gazing with wonder down the aisles of the local toy store has always been a favorite pastime for children.  Today, parents too have come to...


Oct 21, 2014, 09:30 ET ASTRA Announces Best Toys For Kids 2014

 Get ready to discover the best new toys in town!  The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced the winners of...


Nov 07, 2013, 09:30 ET Shop Local, Support The Community This "Neighborhood Toy Store Day," Saturday, November 9

 For many children, there is nothing quite as exciting as a trip to the neighborhood toy store.  To help recognize local toy stores across...


Jul 23, 2013, 09:30 ET ASTRA Announces Best Toys for Kids 2013

 Get ready to play!  The American Specialty Toy and Retailing Association (ASTRA) has announced the winners of the annual Best Toys for...


Nov 08, 2012, 09:30 ET Third Annual "Neighborhood Toy Store Day" Supports Shopping Local and Community Fun Saturday, November 10

 Families and independent retailers across the country can celebrate the joy and wonder of shopping at a neighborhood toy store this month,...


Oct 02, 2012, 09:30 ET ASTRA Announces the Launch of YourNeighborhoodToyStore.org

Get ready to discover the Woohoo! factor! The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) announced today the launch of...