Toy store comes to downtown

Owners aim to have appeal to broad spectrum of interests

Staff writerJuly 2, 2014 

The Sand Castle toy store is now open for business in downtown Gig Harbor.

The store, located on Tarabochia and Pioneer, relocated from its former Port Townsend home to the harbor. Owners Mike and Michele Henery said the store outgrew its previous space. The Henerys enjoy Gig Harbor and noticed downtown didn’t have a toy store.

“There’s a need for a toy store in downtown, and we felt it would be a good fit,” Henery said.

The store employs a manager, Heidi Canda, and clerk, Ellen Kelly. Canda said the business is excited to be in downtown.

“Looking at the big picture, we’re excited about the growth of downtown,” Canda said.

Henery, 40, said the revitalization of the historic downtown area was an important factor in the couple’s decision to move the business.

“We’d like to see downtown continue to grow,” Henery said. “We felt it was needed. There wasn’t a place to buy a gift for your kid without going to uptown or to Target. The bigger space will allow us to expand our inventory. We’re excited about bringing something new downtown.”

The company’s mission is to carry a wide variety of toys for children of all ages and interests, even some pieces that adults might enjoy or remember from their childhood.

“We always try to carry cool, fun toys that as kids we remembered playing with,” Henery said. “For people of all ages, something to interest them. From (infants) to 100 (years old), we want people to find something that would be fun and exciting.”

Henery and Canda also want the store to be more than just a store. They’d like to host activities and parties as well.

“We’ll make crafts available for kids and call it ‘crafternoons,’” Canda said.

The company is planning on having a grand opening celebration sometime in July. Henery hopes the store will become a downtown staple.

“We want to make downtown more vibrant and bring people there,” he said.

Jon Manley: 253-358-4151 jon.manley@gateline.com Twitter: @gateway_jon

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