The pandemic has upended millions of traditional holidays around the world, but one thing is still going as usual: children are making wish lists and hoping to find their favorite toys under the tree. Local independent toy store owners have stepped up throughout the pandemic to keep children entertained duringRead More →

(CNN) — The winter holidays are usually the busiest and most successful time of year for Erin Blanton, owner of the Pufferbellies toy store in Staunton, Va. About a quarter of Pufferbellies’ annual sales are between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when shoppers, she said, “come out of the woodwork” to buyRead More →