The idea of starting Squirt’s Toys & Learning came about in 2002 when Bruce & I were tired of having to drive out of town to find quality toys for our young daughter, soon to be born son, and our nieces & nephews. We figured that there were other like-minded parents who would enjoy having access to fun & educational toys right here in our town. That idea blossomed & we set to planning our store.
Some may wonder how we decided on our name? Well that was Bruce’s brain-child! From the time that I was little my family always affectionately called me “Squirt”. Its a nickname that my family still uses today even into my adulthood and one that Bruce came to know. Per Bruce, my nickname was the perfect name for our toy store that caters to “Squirt’s”.
With our name decided and a location found we set to work finding educational & fun quality toys to sell in our store. In May of 2003 we finally opened our store carrying a few lines, such as Lamaze, 4M, Thomas the Tank Engine, Melissa & Doug, Playmobil and Schleich. Our two children, Ciara and Hayden (2 1/2yrs & newborn at the time) had a large influence on the items we carried. As they grew so did our product lines in that we expanded to Calico Critters, Hape Toys, Lego, and Folkmanis puppets, to name a few. No longer do we just cater to young “Squirt’s” but also to older “Squirt’s” who love our great selection of adult games and puzzles.
As we have nurtured our children through the various stages of diapers; walking; starting school; and becoming independent so have we nurtured our store. Its time to take that next step and take our love for quality toys beyond our doors. We hope that you will find enjoyment in the many toys, games, and puzzles that we have to offer you & your family. Just as our loyal brick & mortar customers, young & old, have grown with us we hope that you will stay and do the same.
Thanks for visiting and please feel free to come back time & again! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Trista & Bruce Donnelly