Closure of Toys ‘R’ Us gives boost to local toy stores

In the past, shoppers would head to Toys ‘R’ Us for gifts for the kids. However, this is the first year that was not an option, giving an extra economic boost to local toy stores. READ MORE

Crystal Newman, owner of Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe, shows off her puppetry skills. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Discount Diva: Nostalgia runs deep for Toys R Us, but indy stores can fill the void

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Some kids counted sheep when they couldn’t fall asleep. I mentally perfected my Toys R Us Super Toy Run strategy.
Nickelodeon used to run an epic nationwide sweepstakes, the winner of which had five minutes to tear through Toys R Us, fill shopping carts with as many toys as they could and keep them all for free.
But that’s pretty much where my nostalgia for Toys R Us ends. I already had my heart ripped out in 1999, when Hills Department Store closed. As the not-creepy-at-all Hills Sprite always reminded us, “Hills is where the toys are”. Or were, until Ames took over and ruined everything. READ MORE

Crystal Newman owner of Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe, offers gift wrapping, and will have a fire truck display to go with a big fire truck parade at 6 p.m. Saturday down Main Street past her store. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Local merchants await you with open arms on Small Business Saturday

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A woman walked into Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe in Lancaster last Christmas, almost in tears.
She had spent several hours wandering aimlessly through a big box store, trying to find presents for children on her list. She had gotten nowhere and was feeling overwhelmed.

Crystal Newman welcomed the woman into her toy store, took her coat, and gave her a glass of wine. Newman helped her pick three hot toys, then gift-wrapped them for her and sent her on her merry way.

“We just kind of swooped in for her and made it a pleasant experience,” Newman said.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what small, locally owned merchants are all about.

Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe a shining light for owner

Sitting at a desk all day can really get you thinking about all the possibilities the future has in store for you.

“My husband and son and I moved to Lancaster two years ago and I wanted to immerse myself in the community,” said Crystal Newman. “I had been in marketing for 10 years and I was getting antsy at my desk job. I wanted to be in front of people and I wanted to do something more fun.”
And then along came a shining light, Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe, located at 1 West Main Street, just minutes from Newman’s home.

Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe 1 West Main St Lancaster, NY 14086 (609-2002)
Tues 10:00am–5:00pm Weds 10:00am-5:30pm Thurs-Fri 10:00am-6:00pm Sat 10:00am-4:00pm

Welcome to Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe located at one west main street in Lancaster New York. Get lost for hours and browse our magical selection of 1,000s of toys & unique gift ideas. Plush puppets, rock em sock em robots, puzzles, trains & building sets.




Holiday hack: Local retailers who gift wrap

A lot has been said about shopping local. One more benefit? Retailers who wrap. My sister, a mom of two young children, actually strategized her entire holiday shopping plan last year based on stores that wrap. Local shop owners understand that it’s time-saving services like these their customers appreciate.

Women-owned businesses prove to be heart of Lancaster’s village

by AMY ROBB Editor

Crystal Newman, left, and Sherri Sikora chat about starting their own businesses in the center of Lancaster Village. Photo by Chuck SkipperPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.comFor years, there has been a resurgence of local businesses in Lancaster, particularly in the village.

West Main Street and Central Avenue is the nexus of 1950s charm, with many more updates in the works for a flourishing, walkable village center.

For the business owners along these two streets, the timing has never been better. What’s more, the majority of these businesses are women owned.


Business Brief
(From the Bee Papers)

Lancaster’s Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe will join hundreds of locally owned stores across the country to celebrate the eighth national Neighborhood Toy Store Day, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11.

Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe will offer fun, child-friendly activities such as toy demonstrations and giveaways, reveals of the top-rated toys, and snacks. Giveaways are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe is located at 1 West Main St. in Lancaster.

$30 Lancaster Village Shopping Gift Certificate


Lancaster Chamber Member

Toy store under new ownership, slates event

Crystal Newman is the new owner of Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe. She is shown with her husband, John, and son, Jacob.Bloomsbury Lane Toy Shoppe recently changed hands, and there was no wasted time in planning an event for families to enjoy.

Allissa Miller will be reading “Where Are My Socks?” at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 23, at the shop. located at 1 W. Main St., Lancaster.