D:hive’s newest pop-up Spielhaus Toys, the second winner of D:hive’s Pilot Program, is bringing the excitement back to shopping downtown. We got the latest scoop from Kurt Spieles, founder of Spielhaus Toys and proud father of three young girls. Don’t forget to read below for Kurt’s holiday gift favorites from the shop!
What has been a highlight for you?
We doubled our best day sales on Small Business Saturday. It’s overwhelming – you feel so many emotions – so much work has been involved and it has been a 24 /7 effort. We’ve been ecstatic with the amount of traffic and the support from the community.
Did anything surprise you?
It’s not that anything has surprised me, I’m just really excited that we are getting the support we hoped to get and that we’ve proven that there’s a market down here for specialty retail. We want to see other retailers join the party!
How has participating in the Pilot program helped?
Pilot gave me marketing, consulting, a stipend, and obviously the space at no cost. I can’t imagine doing it on my own. In general being able to work with April (D:hive’s Director of Small Business Initiatives), Andy (D:hive’s Director of Design) and everyone at D:hive has been huge. And the donations from Bedrock, without that it would have been difficult.
What’s next for Spielhaus?
We want to find a permanent home sometime next year – we’re aiming for late Spring. We’re raising money right now and I’m feeling good about it. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience downtown.
Kurt’s Holiday Gift Favorites
Perplexus Maze – A three dimensional maze. This one has been a really hot seller. Even downtown employees have grabbed one for their offices.
Seaplane Bath Toy by Green Toys – The company makes all their products in the U.S. from 100% curbside collected recycled plastic.
Robert Sabuda pop-up books – The cut outs in this pop-up book are really intricate and impressive. All of our children’s books have been big sellers but this one has been the most popular.
Children’s Paintings by Daniel Cascardo - He’s a very talented local artist who also does mural workshops with kids.
Sew Your Own Felt Ornament by You’re the One Toys – These are made by a local entrepreneur named Ericia Bartels-Dawkins. She also makes Sew Your Own Bracelet kits. We’re having a FREE bracelet-making workshop this Saturday, December 7th from 12 – 2pm so make sure to stop by.