Friday, 20 December 2013

Wally's Toy Shop - a Favourite Local Independent

On our first visit to Maidenhead, a couple of year before we moved to the area, we discovered a very special store, Wally's Toy shop. At the time we had been looking for a new location to move to and was exploring various potential town centers by having a stroll around the shops. I still remember walking in to Wally's and thinking what a refreshing change from the giant toy stores, it felt special jut like a toy shop should. On that visit we got Ben some wooden train pieces and years on they still remain firm favourites when his train set comes out to play.

Wally's is one of those stores you can tell kids love to visit. It has been in Maidenhead for four years, employing three staff  and is a firm favourite with the local children. The excitement starts with the big Toys sign outside and the windows which are packed full of bright and colourful toys to set little ones hearts racing at a mere glimpse, but there is also a sense of nostalgia for adults when you walk inside and catch sight of things that remind you of your childhood fondly. I love the variety of toys they stock which include a mix of modern, wooden, old school, educational and pocket money treasures - there's something for every taste and budget.
Toys, toys and more toys!

The good news is that you can now shop at your favourite local independents like Wally's and earn  reward points by using the Barclaycard's Freedom Rewards Card, a card that lets you earn points no matter where you spend. Unlike other loyalty cards, the Freedom Rewards card literally rewards every single purchase, so whether you’re at your favourite independent retailer, are buying gifts from a unique craft shop or are buying a round of drinks at your local pub, you can be earning points. In addition, you can earn double and triple points in major retailers. So start supporting your local Independents, there are some real gems out there, and these stores really do make a community a place people want to live. Finally, don't forget if you're ever in Maidenhead be sure to check out Wally's - you and your kids will love it.

*Disclaimer: I was asked to nominate my favourite independent store or restaurant and chose Wally's Toy store, I then received a voucher to spend there. All views are my own and 100% honest.



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