LearningExpressLogoLast month, Learning Express Toys (LE Toys) hosted a franchise-wide convention in San Antonio, Texas, that included store owners, store managers, home office employees, and vendors. During the event, LE Toys presented its vendors with awards.

“We want to recognize our distinguished vendors and to show appreciation for their partnership, as well as their ingenuity and proficiency creating toys with exceptional play value,” says Sharon DiMinico, the founder of LE Toys.

Best New Vendor Award: Two Bro Bows

Best Marketing Program Award: Melissa and Doug

Top Sales Awards: Melissa and Doug (first place), Lego (second place), Toysmith (third place)

Vendor of the Year Award: The Orb Factory

Learning Express Toys also awarded product awards to vendors whose products were new to the franchise last fall or this spring. Product awards are based on originality, creativity, leading-edge design, and sales performance in each of the following categories:

Books: Awesome Doodle Pad & Delightful Doodle Pad, from EDC Publishing

Arts and Crafts: Shaggy Pillow Pony Kit (a Learning Express Toys exclusive), from The Orb Factory

Plush: Beanie Boos, from Ty

Science: Phantom Thinking Putty, from Crazy Aaron’s PuttyWorld

Fashion/Tween: Logo Loops, from Logo Loops

Games: Gravity Maze, from ThinkFun

Infant/Toddler: NogginStik, from Smart Noggin

Construction: Friends and City Advent Calendars, from Lego

Action, Skill, and Sports: Ultra Glow Air Power Soccer Disk, from Toysmith

Party Favors: Shopkins, from License to Play

Preschool: Squigz Starter Set, from Fat Brain Toys

Toy of the Year: Beanie Boos, from Ty