February 18, 2009: Another Look At The New York Toy Fair
It's now Tuesday afternoon and I've officially wrapped up all of my scheduled meetings and events. There's no doubt I'll have a few more unscheduled meetings (and there are a couple of booths I want to visit, including one for a company specializing in creating custom floor displays), but for the most part, the heavy lifting for this trip is over. That means Gina and I have tomorrow to enjoy the show and, if we're lucky, actually enjoy a little of the city.
What else have I seen at the show?
And not at the show, but in the city, Ross, Gina, and I visited The Compleat Strategist, a game store very close to the Empire State Building. This was exactly the sort of game store I love to visit: big, packed with old and new products, and staffed by friendly, helpful employees. I picked up a couple of older products and I'm already thinking about going back for more. Great store.
Overall this has turned out to be a great trip . . . and not just for the fun sites, toys, and people. We've had some great meetings with buyers from several different stores (the Barnes & Noble meeting was especially productive), Ross and I have worked out some ideas to review with Steve when we get back to Austin on Thursday, and I sat in on an informative seminar on child safety testing.
Now it's time for me to walk back to the show. I love this job!
-- Phil Reed
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