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2015: The Toy Shoppe Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Danny and Barrie Shapiro, owners of the Toy ShoppeThe Toy Shoppe opened its doors in 1975. At that time, there wasn't a market for "artist bears" or "collectible dolls." The goal of owners Danny and Barrie Shapiro was to sell wonderful, unique, and well-crafted toys. It was little wonder that Steiff bears and animals filled the shelves in those early days, as they do today. In 2015, The Toy Shoppe will reach an amazing milestone of being in business for 40 years.

Danny, Barrie and Annette HimstedtFor the past several years, Danny and Barrie have partnered with Steiff to offer collectors special editions made exclusively for The Toy Shoppe. Bears like Maximilian, Appolonia, and Richard & His Sketchbook, Grandpapa, Chub-Ling, Polar Cub, and Jocko have made the names of Steiff and The Toy Shoppe synonymous in the minds of collectors. They have also worked with many Teddy bear artists and doll artists to bring special editions to their collectors. These artists have become household names: R. John Wright, Annette Himstedt, Hildegard Gunzel, Lorella Falconi, Kimberly Lasher, Charlie Bears, Wee Forest Folk, Hermann-Spielwaren, Helen Kish, Maggie Iacono, Stevi T and many others!

The store's award-winning catalogs keep collectors informed of the newest and finest bears offered by artists and manufacturers, and the Web site is a bear lover's paradise. The Toy Shoppe also offers interest-free payment plans, which make the finest collecting affordable and stress free.

Forty years has taught us a great deal about customer service. We have thousands of happy, loyal customers who trust us to hand-select their treasures, keeping in mind their individual preferences. We take great pride in the personalized service that we extend to each customer. We have a talented and professional staff - many of whom are collectors themselves - who love to share their passion!

-Danny Shapiro

There have been many highlights over the decades; making long-term friendships with incredibly talented artists around the world, creating unique exclusives for collectors, traveling around the world and discovering new dolls and Teddy bears for collectors. All of this culminated in 2008 when Danny and Barrie earned the Lifetime Achievement Award from Jones Publishing, publisher of DOLLS magazine and Teddy Bear Review.

original Toy Shoppe location

The Original Toy Shoppe!
The Toy Shoppe's original storefront opened in 1975 in Richmond, Virginia.

The Toy Shoppe is an hour from Williamsburg and two hours from Washington, DC. Most collectors order by phone or through the Web site, "but we just love it when they come to visit our shop," says Danny. "We have hundreds of unique bears from all over the world on display, just waiting to be hugged. If you are a new collector, we encourage you to begin your 'Toy Shoppe Experience' today. We'll send you our most recent catalogs to get you started with your lifetime collecting adventure."

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