ASTRA is the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association. They have been a wonderful resource to Fort Boards and we are proud to be one of their many members. ASTRA is also responsible for putting on one of the biggest toy shows around. The ASTRA Marketplace connects manufacturers and toy retailers in a fun and interactive environment. This year, the show was in Denver, Colorado - an awesome setting for this event. Fort Boards, along with other new toys, educational toys, awesome toys, and tools to inspire creativity in kids, were showcased for the owners of independent toy stores from around the country.
We're already looking forward to next years event in Philadelphia, PA because this one was so fun. There was a great evening of fun put on by Fat Brain Toys , there were really cool toy demonstrations by PlaSmart and Slackers. And there were a lot of adults acting like kids!
Fort Boards was able to take a quick trip out to lovely Boulder, Colorado too. What an amazing little city! We built a mountain sculpture to put in front of the Chautauqua Trailhead just for fun. We also visited some incredible toy stores in Boulder. The new location of Clothes Pony / Dandelion Toys is such a cute and quaint little toy store that we wanted to stay all day and play if we could have. Boulder is also lucky to have Grand Rabbits Toy Shoppe, another cool, local toy shop for kids to play and laugh and learn.
What an incredible community the toy industry is. Play is so important for kids as they develop and learn but play is also important for adults. The ASTRA Marketplace was just another reminder that: