Monday, February 17, 2014

It's not easy being an independent retail store these days.  In the last 8 years, 80% of the School Supply stores in the US have closed.  Golden Apple is one of only 2 stores left in all of Northern California.  If we're to stay open for our 3rd generation of customers we need your help - for a start, here are 5 simple things that would be a big help to us:

  1. Let parents know we have a laminator - teachers know this, but parents don't.  We charge about 1/5 as much as Kinkos, and parents love having "masterpieces" laminated.
  2. We have the best flashcards - the ones that really reinforce memorization and understanding.
  3. Science Display Boards - the kids need them, we have them, and so many parents find our store just to buy this item.  When Science Fair time comes around,  let parents know we're here.
  4. Summer Workbooks.  Parents know they need something to help their kids during the summer. Remind them the Golden Apple has exactly what they need.
  5. Before you assign a specific book, or a reading strip, or a pencil grip - send us an email and we'll make sure we have enough in stock - and make sure your students get the right item!
Thanks for your support - we really do appreciate it!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

We Beat Toys R Us!

In a development that has shocked the retail world, The Golden Apple Learning Store has announced they will be opening a full 36 hours before ToysRUs during the critical shopping season this year.  Store owner John MacDougall is certain that by opening at 10 am on Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, he can get a jump on the big box stores.  "We always open at 10 am - and this way, people can shop and enjoy Thanksgiving with their families".   By being open from 10 am to 5 pm on the day before Thanksgiving, and the day after, MacDougall feels he can be closed on the actual holiday without anyone missing out.  "There's plenty of time to shop, Thanksgiving is a holiday, so we're closed.  Why would any store be open?"
The Golden Apple is open on Wednesday from 10 to 5, we'll be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, and we'll be open again on Friday!  Enjoy your day!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

We had a great day today - it was Neighborhood Toy Store Day - an annual event!  Thanks to the families that came out to support us - we appreciate it!






Friday, November 1, 2013

A few years ago we wrote about Toys for Makers.  We started looking for toys that inspired kids to explore, to construct and deconstruct.  Many toys, and most video games tend to celebrate someone else's creativity.  They allow you to immerse yourself in a toy or game that may have play value, but doesn't encourage any creative input.  Kids need to explore their creativity, and we need to find them toys that let that happen.  We're updating our Toys for Makers section of our online catalog with some of our latest finds.  We'll also be using this space to introduce you to some of the best.  Today's toy is for the youngest Makers.  It's not just for building, it's for observing and critical thinking.  The toy is called Bunny Peek a Boo , but don't let the cute name fool you.  BPB is a challenge for 2 year olds, and we've been dragooning every little customer we see into playing (2 year olds are very enthusiastic game players!)  They understand the challenge and love solving the "puzzle", then flipping the card to see what's next.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Neighborhood Toy Store Day is November 9th

We're getting ready for our big toy event - Neighborhood Toy Store Day!  It's a national event, and toy stores all over North America, and the world are celebrating.  The Golden Apple is hosting two of our favorite local companies:  Just Jump It and Blue Orange Games and we'll be having contests and games of skill, along with a visit by Froggy.  The event starts at 11am and activities go on until 3pm.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A New Way to Shop

We've created a SquareUp Store to make things easier for you this holiday season.  It's a slimmed down version of our web site, with quick and easy shopping and payment via Square.  Follow this link to Snap Circuits Sound to see how it works:

Snap Circuits SOUND on Square Market

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Best Toys for Kids 2013 have arrived at the Golden Apple - and we are ready to tell you why they rock!  Check them out on our web store - or even better - come play with them at the Golden Apple