By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: Gifts & Decor | Issue: December 2010
Cindy Rickard holds a favorite book of hers, just one of many to choose from at Emily’s Playhouse.
Are you ready for a peek into what Santa’s workshop may look like? Then search no further than Emily’s Playhouse in Claremore’s Ne-Mar Shopping Center. Once you walk inside the doors, you will be transported into a land of wonder, where childhood dreams and imagination are invited to flourish and grow throughout the holiday and beyond.
Owner Cindy Rickard has spent the last few weeks readying Emily’s Playhouse for the season, and she or one of her staff members always stand ready to help you find the perfect gift for that child in your life. Quality toys burst from the shelves at Emily’s Playhouse, where you can find an abundance of popular toy lines such as Papo Figurines, Fuzzy Nation, Webkinz, Groovy Girl, Thomas the Tank Engine, Madame Alexander Sweet Baby Nursery, and Baby Stella. Cindy recommends Baby Stella as the best baby doll for ages two and under, as it is completely safe and includes a magnetic pacifier. Cindy also carries a whole line of Melissa and Doug products including floor puzzles, wooden puzzles, standing art easels, wooden food, and learning mats, which Cindy says have been especially excellent sellers in past months.
Another popular product has recently graced the shelves of Emily’s Playhouse: Hexbugs. Hexbugs are micro-robotic creatures, some with remote control and habitats. “This is the new hot item for boys this year,” Cindy reports. “We have already had several people asking for them.”
Along the front window and scattered throughout the shelves of Emily’s Playhouse, you will find a wide sampling of products that are especially dear to Cindy’s heart: books. “I grew up reading and have always had a passion for it,” says Cindy. “I feel strongly about getting children into their own imagination through books and not just electronics.” Emily’s Playhouse offers books for all ages of young readers, with board and cloth books for tiny children who would rip paper pages, and doodling and sticker books for older children. Any child is sure to love the vibrant, colorful images and rich narrative found in the Emily’s Playhouse book collection.
Do you know a little girl who needs a festive holiday dress? Emily’s Playhouse has a huge selection of lovely dresses of all different types, and you are sure to find something perfect for that holiday gathering or event. Clothing at Emily’s Playhouse is not just limited to the holidays, however. Cindy stocks quality children’s clothing all year round, with popular brands like Mudpie on the racks at all times and warm, colorful coats and raincoats for the chilly weather.
No outfit is complete without accessories, so you will also want to peruse the wall of hair bows, shelves of hats and gloves, and counter of jewelry, including brands such as Charm It Charm Bracelets, Build-A-Better Bracelet, and SnapCaps by m3girldesigns. Cindy also reports that she recently began carrying a line of dancewear, including tutus, tights, ballet shoes, tap shoes, leotards and more.
If you need to purchase a gift for a baby or a young mother, be sure to visit the back of Emily’s Playhouse, where several popular brands of baby clothes are on display. There are also several products that would make perfect gifts for new mothers, like Bebe au Lait nursing covers and diaper bags by Kalencom. Cindy highly recommends these bags because they don’t get dirty easily, they wipe clean, and they are very durable.
So if you can’t make it to the North Pole, don’t panic. Just stop by Emily’s Playhouse, where you are sure to find the perfect gift for that child in your life – and perhaps revisit the child within yourself.