~I received a Melissa & Doug Art Easel from Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I want to introduce you to a franchise chain of local specialty toy stores that I really, really wish was near me. However, it may be close to you and so I want to share with you the wonder of Brilliant Sky Toys & Books!
It is more than just your typical toy store. The entire shop is designed for interaction with a safe exploratory comfort for families. From the colors on the walls to the very fixtures that carry all the wonders of the store, it is a sensory experience for children.
A former manager for a Fortune 500 company, Brent jumped off the corporate ladder in 2002 and returned to his hometown to open Brilliant Sky Toys & Books with his wife Sonia, a registered nurse, and their three children. The combination of corporate, parenting, and caregiving experience lead the Taylor’s to define a unique retail concept and business model that has been embraced by communities nationwide and has grown from a single location to one of the fastest growing toy retailing concepts in the country in just seven years.
Although I cannot visit the store, I can give you a peek of what you might find inside. I was offered a product to share that Brilliant Sky Toys & Books offers in their local chains, the Melissa & Doug Art Easel! It also happens to be a 2013 Brilliance Award Winner!
The easel is actually an everyday item for us and not just used for painting. It’s a very versatile product that actually has 3 capabilities! On one side is a whiteboard, the other is a chalkboard and then you have the paper that rolls over the whiteboard. Here, let me show you how this works!
This side is the whiteboard. Every day Judah has a list of things he wants to do on it, the “Judah List”. Each morning he wakes up, erases what was there the day before and we make a new list. His favorite thing to do in the world is to mark out all the things he got to do on his list.
On the opposite side is the chalkboard and typically we use this for school. The nice thing is that the eraser can be used on the whiteboard as well as the chalkboard.
It is important to note that the paper wheel, the paint, paint cups, brushes, etc. are all accessories that are purchased separately. However, I honestly recommend it because the entire set is not only beautiful, but designed specifically with kids in mind.
The paper is fed through the top of the whiteboard and stretched to the bottom where they can be clamped. Each of the cups have a color that corresponds to the paint as well as the brush. This way you don’t need to have a mess with water! The cups have removable lids and funnel like tops to make it hard to spill. The paint is actually too thick, the funnel opening too small, to actually make that possible.
So your child can pick up the brush, paint, put it back and grab another color! It’s very easy and all within their reach. When they’re finished, the top of the whiteboard also works as a paper cutter that allows you to simply pull the paper off neatly!
Putting the entire thing together takes no time and I love how they use colorful safety screws that really make the whole easel pop with brightness and fun!
Had you walked into Brilliant Sky Toys & Books and told them you have an art loving child, they would recommend this! Not only would they give you recommendations for all the toys your child would love, but they would even gift wrap it for free! Their customer service is concierge style, which means they are there for you and to make sure your experience in their store is unparalleled as well as that you walk away with the perfect gift in hand.
You can also be sure to pick the perfect toy from the 4th annual Brilliance Awards, chosen by the toy store franchise chain! Here is the award winners listed in alphabetical order!
- Adventure Treehouse by International Playthings
- Deluxe Magic Set by Melissa & Doug
- Doinkit Darts by Marky Sparky
- Easel by Melissa & Doug
- Gobblet Gobblers by Blue Orange
- How Big Is The Lion? My First Book Of Measuring by Workman
- Lego® City Brickmaster by Penguin
- Little Chubbies by International Playthings
- Skwish Classic by Manhattan Toy
- Snap Circuit Sound by Elenco Electronics
- Switch & Spin Magnetic Gear Board by Melissa & Doug
- World Map Puzzle by Janod
You can also see examples of all of the product winners by visiting the Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Videos.
Make sure to copy the list for the next time you go out to visit Brilliant Sky Toys & Books! You can find out if a local chain is near you by visiting Find a Store. And if you are lucky enough to have one, GO! Your children will thank you and so will your community for supporting local shops.
Many thanks to Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for sharing the fun and excitement with my family!