HoliDAY of Play 2015

Barnes & Noble Partners with Maker Media for Mini Maker Faire


Barnes & Noble Inc. has entered into a partnership with Maker Media to launch the first-ever Mini Maker Faire in stores nationwide.

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Nintendo Keeps on Trucking with Super Mario Maker GameTruck

GameTruck, Nintendo Mario MakerGameTruck has entered a new partnership with Nintendo to bring Super Mario Maker to its fleet of game trucks. Starting on September 18, more than 100 GameTruck vehicles will feature the upcoming game, launching on Wii U on September 11.

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The Queen’s Treasures Named to Greater Lehigh Valley’s Fastest Growing Companies

TheQueensTreasuresLogoFor the third year in a row, The Queen’s Treasures has been named one of the 30 fastest-growing businesses in its area by Lehigh Valley Business and its sponsors.

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Build-A-Bear Looking Bear-y Good in Time for National Teddy Bear Day

BABW_CMYK_FULLCOLOURBuild-A-Bear Workshop Inc. celebrated National Teddy Bear Day today by ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). The bell ringing comes on the heels of the recent Build-A-Bear Workshop store design and brand refresh at the company’s flagship store at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn.

In attendance at the bell ringing were Sharon Price John, chief executive officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, and members of her executive team.


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Toys “R” Us Inc. Lowers Free Shipping Minimum to $19 for Purchases

toysrusStarting today, Toys “R” Us Inc. will lower the free shipping minimum required for online orders at and from $49 to $19. The new free shipping threshold is the lowest the company has offered in recent history (though surcharges may apply on large and heavy items).

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The Care Bears Celebrate National #Share YourCare Day with Giveaway

CareBearsNationalShareYourCareDayMediaAdvisory-September92015-FISeptember 9 is the inaugural National Care Bears #ShareYourCare Day, and to commemorate it, the Care Bears will be on location in the Bronx, N.Y., and teaming up with a local philanthropist to donate plush toys to children in need. Care Bears has also aligned with roughly 300 bloggers, known as the Care Bears #ShareYourCare Ambassadors, who will keep the conversation going to their audiences.

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ChizComm Ltd. Adds Richard Gawlas as Public Relations and Marketing Manager

richardgawlas_picRichard Gawlas has joined ChizComm Ltd. as its public relations and marketing manager. He brings more than seven years of experience to ChizComm, as well as a successful track record of driving brand awareness and growth through strategic marketing and storytelling.

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LeapFrog Receives Continued Listing Standard Notice from NYSE

Jan27.LeapFrogOn September 4, LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. received a continued listing standards notice from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), due to the average closing price of the company’s common stock having fallen below $1 over a consecutive 30 trading-day period. The notice has no immediate impact on the listing of LeapFrog’s common stock, which will continue to trade on the NYSE, subject to the company’s compliance with other listing standards.

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China Toy Expo Returns for Three Days in October

ChinaToyExpoChina Toy Expo will take place from October 20 to 22 at Shanghai International Expo Center, at the same time as China Kids Expo and China Licensing Expo. Hosted by China Toy & Juvenile Products Association (CTJPA), the combined shows will feature 1,400 factories and roughly 200,000 toys, games, preschool supplies, and baby products aimed at global buyers.

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TIA Celebrates 100 Years with September Ribbon Cutting at The Strong

TIACentenaryThe Toy Industry Association (TIA) will kick off its 100th anniversary celebrations on September 17 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Toy Halls of Fame Exhibit at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York. The event will honor contributors to the toy industry’s evolution and success, including a number of TIA members.

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