Charleston Style and Design

FALL 2015

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AV E N U E F I N D S 138 CSD Whether you're an experienced parent of four or someone who has to buy the occasional birthday present for a friend's kid, chances are you've been in a Wonder Works toy store. Established 25 years ago by Christine Osborne and her late business partner, Dan Morrisey, Wonder Works has grown from a small nature- and science-focused toy store into an award-winning specialty toy store with four Lowcountry locations plus an online store. "Wonder Workers truly are toy experts," Osborne says. "Whatever you need, you can rely on us to be here with the perfect toy for any age—a toy that will create fun for you and your family for years to come." Their mission, she says, is to "make magic happen." Wonder Works is a trendset- ter in the toy industry, always carrying the hottest toys of the season. Topping the list INSPIRING WONDER BY E LI ZAB ETH PAN DOLFI the best toys work magic of must-haves this year is the Swurfer, a versatile wooden swing. You can either sit on it and swing the normal way, or you can stand on it and "surf" in wide arcs. Invented, produced and distributed in Charleston by The ROB Company, the Swurfer was named the 2015 Best Toy for Kids in Active Play by the American Specialty Toy Retailers Association (ASTRA). Other hot toys carried by Wonder Works include collect- ible fruit, veggie and animal fg- urines by Shopkins and Ugglys; Odyssey's Quadcopter drone with its built-in video camera; and the BeanBoozled game by Jelly Belly, where losers draw icky favors such as "stinky socks."

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