When I was 5 years old, I had a dream...
I saw a red brick building with two large display windows, in an adorable downtown setting. Walking in through the front door, I saw a play/reading/relaxing area in the front, with the rest of the space being filled with... WONDER.
Think Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium... only a little more down-to-earth real. ;-)
When I shared this dream with my husband Tony, he surprised me by not laughing at it... as I'd been told in the past it was absurd, or maybe something to think about "for your retirement." HA! To not be able to enjoy, much less run a business like this, until I'm 60? No way... So when Tony started looking for opportunity and doors miraculously began opening, I knew this was it. Forget 60, I'm doing this NOW.
So while we officially launched our company, InterACT, LLC in 2015, we just now have embarked on this life-changing journey to see my physical (and online) store dream realized... which is now Toy Box Gifts & Wonder, a boutique book and toy store in the heart of downtown Chambersburg, PA... just a few short miles from the popular historical destination, Gettysburg, PA.
At Toy Box Gifts & Wonder, we'll carry a wide range of STREAM-inspired (science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts, math) products to engage the imaginations of kids and adults alike. From drones and cameras to collectibles and educational and developmental toys, our store will have something for every age and specialize in gifts and collectibles you won't ever see "just anywhere."
We'll feature monthly events, starting with Melissa & Doug's Take Back Childhood toy-tester event and life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. Yep, they'll try to get ya, but don't worry, they're mostly friendly. In fact, our store mascot "Phil," a life-sized Troondon (like the velociraptors in Jurassic Park, only realistic) would be happy to have his picture taken with you when you visit... a fun, free service our professional photographers will provide.
This dream-turned-destination will have you and your kids enjoying playtime together again! So if after June 1, 2017 you're headed to Gettysburg, PA or down Rt. 81 toward Florida for vacation, stop by, grab a free cup of coffee, browse our unique selections and say hi to Phil.
OPENING DAY: June 1, 2017
GRAND OPENING Celebration Party & Ribbon Cutting: July 14, 2017