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Family Games Sell This Holiday Season In Ridgefield

Ridgefield Toy Chest manager Danny Cavanagh shows one of the store's more popular building blocks, the UnBlock.
Ridgefield Toy Chest manager Danny Cavanagh shows one of the store's more popular building blocks, the UnBlock. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

RIDGEIELD, Conn. – It's all about board games, magnetic blocks and puzzles this holiday season, says Danny Cavanagh, manager of Ridgefield’s Toy Chest.

“Puzzles and board games are really big, especially with the power outages this year,” Cavanagh says. The last three storms and the outages that accompanied them encouraged parents to get toys that don’t need electricity, he says.

But he says there isn’t just one big item for his store. “I know for other places things like Fury do really well, but we don’t stock stuff like that,” he says. “We try to have unique items here.”

Toys like the Magformers, Magna-Tiles and Automoblox are some of the biggest sellers, he says. He adds that his daughters love the Magformers and many of the arts and crafts toys. “We constantly sell out of crafts,” he says, and the store's book section has also been getting a lot of traffic. “It keeps getting bigger!”

Magna-Tiles are popular around the country, and stores are selling out. “We’ve been getting calls from Virginia and Massachusetts for them,” Cavanagh says.

It’s looking like it will be a good season for the store, Cavanagh predicts, a sentiment store owner Ann Lathrop agrees with. “I think people are really looking to shop local,” Lathrop says, adding that they did really well on Black Friday.

Asked about her favorite toy, Lathrop says she couldn’t pick just one, although she thinks the TY Beanie Ballz will be very popular.

“We really just have things for everyone,” Lathrop says.

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