June launch offer valid on Tegu.com through June 30, 2013.
We partner with some really awesome shops, and we want you to know about them! This is our first ever “Retailer Spotlight,” and we are excited for you to learn more about some of the places where you can buy Tegu Blocks and add to your magnetic wooden building system!
We love Norman & Jules, located at 158 7th Ave in Brooklyn, NY. We got a chance to ask owners Courtney Ebner and Avi Kravitz a few questions about this lovely toy shop they opened in Brooklyn’s Park Slope on September 23rd, 2012. Norman & Jules has a wonderfully edited collection of children’s products that foster creative play, are aesthetically beautiful, uniquely designed, and produced by brands and factories with an environmental and social conscience.
Tell us more about your shop. We wanted to create an environment that felt peaceful and completely different from the overcrowded toy shops that lack a point of view. It was also imperative that when making our edits, the shop would focus on mainly handcrafted and imaginative toys, decor and art that enable children to explore and develop through creativity. And it goes without saying that our vendors would have to prove that they were working under both socially and environmentally fair and safe conditions.
Who are Norman and Jules? We wanted to pay homage to two special men in our lives – our grandfathers. Norman was Avi’s grandfather while Jules was Courtney’s Poppy. Ironically, my (Avi) father’s dad owned a toy shop in the city, but I never had the opportunity to meet him.
How did you pick your location? Courtney has lived in Park Slope since 1997 and I moved here in my senior year of Pratt Institute in 2001. Courtney and I very much love Park Slope, live here, shop here, now raise our child here and couldn’t imagine starting our dream toy shop anywhere else. As for it’s specific location, that’s not quite as romantic. There are business plan deadlines to meet, and this space was ultimately our best option. It’s not so bad that it also happens to be blocks away from our home!
What is your favorite local activity with kids? Park Slope has a lot of families with children. The community supports that with any type of class you might imagine your child exploring. With that, there are so many delightful things for us to do with Charley. I’d say Charley’s favorite thing to do is Music Together on 1st Street. We are also really enjoying The Brooklyn Forest School in Prospect Park, run by locals Joy Holder and Charlie Foster. We highly recommend it if you have a thing for ‘mud pies’.
How long have you carried Tegu? Since September 2012.
What is your favorite thing about Tegu? Tegu embodies all of the things that we look for in a toy. It’s a wonderful, open play toy, with endless building possibilities – fostering children’s imaginations in amazing ways. Tegu is neat in that it is also teaching children about magnets, polarity and how magnets interact with each other. Tegu purposely does not include manuals and we personally love this. Children learn through their own exploration of the materials. We’d fall short in explaining our love for Tegu if we don’t mention their of using the most sustainable and durable hardwoods with completely safe water-based finishes. Tegu takes this a step further by replanting the trees that they harvest. They also happen to be a wonderfully generous company as well. They have created hundreds of fair trade jobs in Honduras – bringing more economic hope to the impoverished country.
What is your favorite Tegu product? They are fantastically hand-crafted pieces of wood with magnets inset — they all rock!
What is one Norman & Jules moment you would like to forget? Our first year end inventory count. Oh boy!
What is the best part of owning a toy shop? There are so many wonderful things about owning Norman & Jules. Three of them are: watching both children and their parents discover and engage with new and exciting toys, getting to know the people in our community better (there are a lot of interesting, awesome people here) and the opportunity to work with enormously talented craftspeople and small brands from all over the world.
Awards and Features…Read More!
Best Analog Toys – Best of New York 2013 – New York Magazine
Best Toy Store – Best of Brooklyn 2013 – L Magazine
“A Toy Store for Design Lovers” - Brooklyn Magazine – December 2013 – Vol.2, No. 4 The Design Issue.
“Brooklynites Courtney Ebner and Avi Kravitz Have Built Their Very Own Toyland” – New York Family – April 1, 2013
Visit Norman & Jules! 158 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215 (Park Slope)
There is so much to love about summertime. For one, it feels like adventures abound everywhere you turn. From family vacations and overnight camp, to trips to the zoo and the beach and your local ice cream shop! And then there are the adventures you have without even leaving home, afternoons spent in a treehouse or pillow fort, building castles and reading about faraway lands.
Whatever type of adventure you plan on having, Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks are perfect to bring along. Here at Tegu we are passionate about creativity and imagination. We think summer is a great time to create and to learn and to wonder about the world around us.
And because adventures are even more fun when the experience is shared, show us what you build. Tell us where you bring your Tegu Blocks! Post a picture on our Facebook wall or tag us @TeguToys on Instagram. Upload photos to the Tegu Gallery for a chance to win our Monthly Building Contests.
We are TOTE-ally excited to announce that the Travel Tote is back! Our Tote was an immediate favorite when we first introduced it in 2010. But as our magnetic building block system grew, the Travel Tote needed to as well.
So we redesigned our Tote. Of course it is still beautifully made with industrial strength felt to protect your premium wooden blocks wherever they go, but now it’s large enough to fit even our Explorer Set inside!
With the weather is getting warmer, we are thinking of weekend getaways and summer vacations ahead. And what makes a fun trip even more fun? Bringing your favorite wooden blocks along of course! Just as the building options with Tegu Blocks are endless, now the places to bring them are as well. Trips can be as short as the playroom shelf to the kitchen table, or as long as flights to grandma’s house. We want to see the places you bring your Tegu Blocks!
Buy your Travel Tote now and get 20% off your whole order! Offer valid through April 15, 2013.
Tints is one of our most popular colors, and, let’s be honest, it is perfect for springtime! Not only are our bright wooden blocks a great addition to any Easter basket, our magnetic building system offers hours of fun for those rainy spring days when you are stuck indoors.
So, celebrate spring with Tegu Tints! Get $20 off and free shipping* on all purchases over $100 when you include any Tints set! Offer valid through March 31, 2013.
Then, show us what you build! Did you know we host monthly building contests on the Tegu Gallery? Upload a photo of your spring-themed creation and be automatically entered into March’s drawing for a free Pocket Pouch Prism Tints!
*Free shipping only available in US.
Did you know Tegu started with just one set, the ORIGINAL SET? Look how much we’ve grown! We’ve expanded our color selections, block shapes, and product lines. And we are going to keep expanding! Tegu is a system to keep building on to.
Today only, to celebrate how much our product portfolio has grown, get a FREE Pocket Pouch Prism Jungle when you buy any ORIGINAL SET!
Use code: THEORIGINALONE
Valid March 15, 2013 on http://www.tegu.com/blocks
View our 2012 Annual Report here: http://www.tegu.com/annual-report-2012/
Maybe you have been with us since our very first magnetic wooden block set launched in 2009, or maybe you had never heard of Tegu before receiving a set for Christmas last year. However long it has been, we want to take a moment to say thank you! 2012 was a big year at Tegu, and we couldn’t have done it without you.
People are first drawn to Tegu for many different reasons. Our social mission in Honduras. Our desire to foster creativity and help equip your children through open-ended play. Our eco-friendly and sustainable practices. Our simply beautiful design. We are taking these things seriously, and having fun doing it!
Thank you for caring about these things too. Thank you for introducing Tegu Blocks into the lives of your family and friends. We look forward to many years together ahead! We love being a toy that children return to year after year and we love seeing the way our building system grows with a child as their imagination grows. We look forward to seeing their children play with Tegu. Yes, that’s right! We are confident in the heirloom quality of our product and we are creating a toy company designed to be around 100+ years from now!
Before we get ahead of ourselves, we want to celebrate 2012. Starting tomorrow we will be sharing fun facts from our 2012 annual report and hosting 24 hour promotions to let you know how much we appreciate you!
You have told us about the fun you are having with your Tegu Blocks, and now we want to see it! Tegu is excited to announce our Building Inspiration Manual! We have created this gallery for you to share your creations and get inspired by others. It’s like a virtual refrigerator, instruction manual, inspiration page and hall of fame!
Not only that, but we will be hosting monthly building contests!
So, start building! And if you upload a picture to the gallery before Monday morning (February 4), you will be entered into our first monthly drawing to win five cube sleeves of your choice! Each person who enters will also receive a coupon code for 10% off and free shipping within the USA.