Archive for May, 2009

Two weeks…

Citizen Kid has now been open for two weeks.  It has been quite an exciting time for us, and our family is just now getting used to our new routines.

Your reactions to the store have been amazingly positive.  That has given us a true sense of accomplishment with all the hard work we put into getting Citizen Kid off the ground.  Thank-you so much for your kind words and constructive criticism.

Of course, the greatest compliment you could give is to tell your friends and family about our store.  We know that many new customers have already found us in that manner, and we can’t thank you enough for helping to spread the word.  There is an alternative to mass-produced, mass-media, mass-plastic toys!

We have sincerely enjoyed meeting all of our customers so far, and look forward to the ongoing development of our store and our relationships with our customers, our neighbourhood, and our city.

Thanks again!

P.S.  In the coming weeks we will feature some new products here and on our website.  Your reactions, comments, and suggests are welcome here on the blog and also sent to us via email at info@citizenkid.ca)


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Announcing the winners of the Citizen Kid Grand Opening Prize Draw:



The winner of the Rody Inflatable Pony is:

Rachel and Justin Cook!



The winner of the Citizen Kid $50 Gift Card is:

Carrie Bullard!


ostrichThe winner of the Vilac Ostrich Pull Toy is:

Joshua Roberts!


Congratulations to you all and thank-you for signing up for our email list.

Because you did sign up with your e-address, you can expect a Citizen Kid Newsletter delivered to your in-box at least 4 times per year.  In it you will learn about upcoming promotions and new products at Citizen Kid, as well as other interesting articles about toys and childhood development.

If you didn’t enter our draw on the Grand Opening Weekend please feel free to email us at info@citizenkid.ca and we will be happy add you or just let us know in person at the store.

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IMG_0506 Estia market stand

IMG_0507 Clown 1

IMG_0496 Crowd -1

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The Grand Opening was an incredible success. We are blown away!

Thank-you so much for your support. We had a lot of fun meeting new people and welcoming friends and family alike. We were too busy to take any photographs but we know people who did and we hope to post some photos from today soon.

In the meantime our website (www.citizenkid.ca) has some new pictures of the store on the homepage.


Our family and friends for their support and encouragement in this endeavour.

Our girls, Charlotte and Audrey, for being themselves.

Our new customers for supporting a local small business.

Luciano and Al for creating the new 188 Locke Street.

Elizabeth Parker, our Realtor, for landing us the lease. Big, big thank-you!

Jenn and Chris at Kitestring for everything!

Our suppliers for their advice and expertise.

Norm Van Dyke for building our display tables.

Harvey Weirenga for building and installing our shelving.

Kristin Green of Green Apple Solutions for his incredible Mac POS skills.

Deb for being a huge part of today.

“Candy the Clown” for making our Grand Opening that much more fun.

Alannah for staying with the girls this weekend.

Our new neighbours on Locke Street for making us feel so welcome.

Everybody who helped us with anything big or small… we couldn’t have done it without you.


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Sneak peek…

If you’re in the neighbourhood Thursday or Friday we just might be open for a few hours in the afternoon! Blog readers are welcome to pop in if you happen to see the “OPEN” sign on the door.

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Well, the construction is almost done. Our Grand Opening plans for Saturday are coming together.

Here is our location as of yesterday morning.

building almost done

Still to come are the awnings, a little garden courtyard, window decals, and our sign.

Wait… What’s this?

sing pole

sign going up

It’s our sign!

sign installed

We’re very happy with the way everything is looking on the inside of the store. We can’t wait to open our doors and see some of you at the Grand Opening. See you soon!

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The Grand Opening!

It’s all coming together… we think!

Please join us on Saturday May 16 for the Citizen Kid Grand Opening. There will be lots of beautiful toys to look at purchase, prize draws to enter, and Candy the Clown will visit from 12-3 to entertain Citizen Kids of all ages.


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