Saturday, November 30, 2013

Small Business Saturday @ Peapods and our Saint Anthony Park Neighbors

For Small Business Saturday, most of our Black Friday specials are still available, including:

  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Nuchi Wooden Train Sets & Accessories (compatible with Brio, Thomas, Plan, etc.) 
  • 40% off select bumGenius Flip Hook & Loop One-Size Diaper Covers
  • 35% off select Planetwise Diaper Wetbags
  • 40% off select Kathe Kruse soft baby toys
  • 50% off  JuJuBe Mighty Be Totes
  • $40 off our remaining stock of ERGO Baby Carriers
  • 50% Off Urban Baby Bonnets
  • BUY ONE GET 2 FREE World Music for Little Ears Lullaby CDs by Ellipsis Arts
  • 50% off BabyBlamtasic "BootyBlam" All-Natural Diaper Cream Sticks
  • 50% off select Swaddle Designs Swaddling Blankets & Burpies 
Plus, it's a great day to visit all the other wonderful indie shops and restaraunts in our little neighborhood, including The Bibelot Shops, Micawber's Books, Colossal Cafe, Muffaletta's, Tim and Tom's Speedy Market The Little Wine Shoppe, and The Finnish Bistro. Lots of reasons to shop small today!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Peapods Toys Highlighted in the 2013 Mothering Magazine Natural Toy Guide

Minnesota Toymakers Featured as Top Picks!

Thanks so much to Mothering Magazine for featuring Peapods Toys in their 2013 Natural Toy Guide and for naming our YOXO Original YOXOBot and our Wooden Fox Teether as "Top Picks"! We're particularly pleased because both toys are made in Minnesota.
YOXOBot Construction Toy

Here's what Mothering had to say about the YOXOBot

“This is by far one of the coolest toys to hit the market in a long while...Designed to get kids building in seconds, just pair the smartly designed YOXO links and cores with everyday household items and your kids will be recycling old cereal boxes and toilet paper tubes into spaceships and fairy houses in no time. Recycled and recyclable content, soy-based inks and water-based coating make this toy a truly eco-friendly option at an outstanding price."

Our Wooden Fox Teether
 Mothering also praised our hardwood Fox Teether, which is made in Minneapolis by Oak Tree Arts. We loved this toy the moment we first touched it, so we agree wholeheartedly:
"You won't find another baby teether quite like this one! With a one of a kind cherry wood fox for chewing on and a soft, crinkly tail to pull, your little one will be delighted."
 We first started reading Mothering almost 18 years ago when Abby was a baby, so we really appreciate all that they have done to promote attachment parenting through the years.

Also in this year's guide are our Camden Rose Wooden Octagon Sorter and our Edible Finger Paints.

In addition to the toys we asked them to review, Mothering also highlighted several toys from The Original Tree Swing, another wonderful Minnesota toymaker which we are proud to feature. Their craft kits and their Wooden Waldorf Tree House also won "Top Picks" awards.

"What a fantastic idea--a tree house for dolls! A rope ladder, wooden basket, tree swing and lots of stairs make this doll house totally unique and perfect for play with standard dollhouse dolls, fairies, gnomes and so much more."

Monday, November 25, 2013

Announcing Our 2013 Black Friday Sale: Let's Make Black Friday Less Blechy!

Peapods Black Friday Sale

Big Box retails would like you to spend Thanksgiving and Black Friday fighting crowds and shuffling through freezing cold parking lots. Once again, we say phooey to that! Celebrate Thanksgiving with your family, sleep in on Friday, and then shop your locally-owned indie stores in style. At Peapods, we say let's make Black Friday fun! We're local, fierce and independent. Hear us roar! 

Our Black Friday celebration is bigger and better than ever! No need to get up early—just stop by our store during normal hours for a cup of hot cider. And, with a purchase over $30, you can draw an instant-win prize from our Black Friday fishbowl. You’ll draw one of the following fabulous prizes:
  • $5 Peapods Gift Card
  • $20 Peapods Gift Card (at least 4 available in the fish bowl!)
  • $50 Peapods Gift Card (one of these in the bowl)
  • $200 Session Certificate to Apricot Soiree Photography
  • A Wooden Radio Flyer Town & Country Wagon ($150 value)
  • A Tokidoki JuJuBe HoboBe Bag ($110 value)
  • A Haba Wooden Ball Run ($140 value)
  • A Green Toys Rocket Ship
  • A Hape Pound & Tap Bench
  • Sets of Organic Baby Legwarmers
  • Sets of Wee Urban Onesie & Bib Gift Sets
  • Grimm's Spiel und Holz Magnetic Mosaic Toy

Plus, we'll have a bunch of great stuff on sale!

  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Nuchi Wooden Train Sets & Accessories (compatible with Brio, Thomas, Plan, etc.) 
  • 40% off select bumGenius Flip Hook & Loop One-Size Diaper Covers
  • 50% off Planetwise Swim Diapers
  • 35% off select Planetwise Diaper Wetbags
  • 40% off select Kathe Kruse soft baby toys
  • 40% off select Haba baby & toddler toys
  • 40% off our remaining stock of Mother-Ease fitted diapers
  • 50% off  JuJuBe Mighty Be Totes
  • $40 off our remaining stock of ERGO Baby Carriers
  • 50% Off Urban Baby Bonnets
  • BUY ONE GET 2 FREE World Music for Little Ears Lullaby CDs by Ellipsis Arts
  • 50% off BabyBlamtasic "BootyBlam" All-Natural Diaper Cream Sticks
  • 50% off select Swaddle Designs Swaddling Blankets & Burpies 
  • BUY 1 GET 1 FREE Crocodile Creek Stainless Steel Water Bottles
  • Rockin' Green Detergent's brand new SECRET HOLIDAY SCENT in Classic Rock will be $12.99 (Normally $17.95)
But wait, there's more!
Peapods Holiday Rewards
Our Holiday Rewards Program is back. In fact, now it ever goes away!  All year long, our rewards program is now for everything in the store, not just cloth diapers. Earn a $20 store credit when you spend $300 on anything in the store (except for sale items and gently used cloth diapers). Existing Rewards points from cloth diaper purchases or last year's Holiday Rewards count, too!

PLUS: Help families in need this Holiday season! Once again, we are collecting donations of gently used cloth diapers for BabyLove MN's diaper drive. Drop off diapers anytime through 12/22. Clean out your closet and make a difference!

Finally--We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Here's a few of our favorite new items for this Holiday Season:
Green Toys Rocket Ship with Capsule Made in USA
Wooden Waldorf Tree House by Original Tree Swing
Milestone Baby Photo Cards
Wood From the Hood Growth Charts
Made in Minneapolis
Now shipping Nationwide
Xylo Roller from Janod
Rail & Road Loading Wooden Train Set by Brio
 Wooden Shopping Cart Toy by Hape Natural Toys / Pretend Play
Wooden Toy Swords by HolzspielereiMade in Europe

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Share What You Love About Saint Paul at the Peapods Minnesota Toy Fair

Why do you love St. Paul? Visit the Minnesota Toy Fair @ Peapods on 11/16 and let the world know!
In addition to the fabulous local toymakers we'll have on hand this Saturday at our Minnesota Toy Fair, we'll also be hosting the St. Paul Almanac and their wonderful chalkboard..

The Saint Paul Almanac will be here with chalkboard and camera, ready to hear stories from all ages.The photos will become part of a growing community portrait of Saint Paul storytellers. The album "365 Ways to Say I Love Saint Paul" can be found on the Saint Paul Almanac's Facebook page.

So stop by and tell the world why you love St. Paul!  The Minnesota Toy Fair is 12pm-4pm on November 16th.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Peapods Holiday Rewards Now Applies to Everything All Year Long!

Peapods Holiday RewardsOur Holiday Rewards program now goes all year long! Whether you're buying for the Hoildays or for a birthday next summer, you'll earn $20 store credit for every $300 you spend on anything in the store! There's no need to carry a card--we'll keep track of everything for you. Visit our website for all the details.

Also, you do know that we have free gift wrapping, right? We'll wrap any in-store purchase. It's quick and lovely, too!

Also, Here's some of our toys made by Minnesota toymakers, which we're be featuring at our Minnesota Toy Fair on November 16:
YOXOBOT Construction Toy
Wooden Fox Teether
Doodletown Wooden Cars
Turn Turn Turn CD Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell
Wood From the Hood Growth Chart
The Original Tree Swing
My First Keys Rattle Teething Toy by Green Toys
Wooden Mustache on a Stick
BEKA Ultimate Easel