SOLON, Ohio – Ohio’s largest independent toy store arrives at Uptown Solon Mall.
Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom will open at the Mall, 6025 Kruse Drive, from 11:30 a.m. on October 24.
A dedication ceremony, with Mayor Ed Kraus and other city officials, is scheduled for noon. There will also be Halloween-related festivities – coordinated by the city and the Solon Chamber of Commerce and involving other businesses in the mall – until 1:30 p.m.
“We are delighted to welcome a brand like Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom to Solon,” said Kraus. “We are a city that loves our families and we continue to be a city that welcomes family and family businesses. “
Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom will be located in the former Petco Space, which has been renovated to Suite 159, next to Ultra Beauty.
Participants in the festivities are encouraged to wear their favorite Halloween costumes for the whole family. Businesses in the mall will hand out candy or other goodies, and some will offer sales, discounts or freebies.
Disc jockey Kris Koch will host limbo and dance competitions. The city’s Police and Fire Department will provide activities for the kids, including a K-9 Mack tour and opportunities for kids to sit in a patrol car and fire truck.
“We are very proud to have this store in Solon,” said Angee Shaker, director of economic development for the city. “It’s great for the city. This will attract more people to the mall and also draw them to other businesses in Solon.
“(Sir Troy executives) were eager to use this opening as a cross-promotion opportunity within the mall. The city and the chamber are delighted to do their part to help make this community event even bigger. “
Heather Marks, vice president and chief marketing officer of Sir Troy’s Toy Kingdom, said the store opening celebration will continue until 6 p.m.
A free craft activity for children is planned from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the store, followed by a paper-plane folding workshop at 4 p.m.
“We are proud to be a part of the Solon community and look forward to delivering a variety of inventories that will inspire creativity and bring joy to children and adults of all ages,” said Troy J. Cefaratti, Owner and President from Sir Troy’s Toy. Kingdom.
The Solon store will be Sir Troy’s third location, all located in Northeast Ohio. The flagship store is in North Canton and a second location opened last fall in Medina.
“We really liked the demographics of Solon, the fact that it’s not necessarily a Cleveland dormitory community, but it’s its own self-sufficient city with a major world headquarters there,” Marks said.
“And Solon’s families and schools are something very special in Northeast Ohio. Solon Schools generally rank in the top five (districts) in Ohio, and you have parents who are very invested in their children’s development and move to this area for that reason.
The two existing stores measure approximately 9,000 square feet and the new store will measure nearly 13,000 square feet, Cefaratti said.
“On average, most independent toy stores are around 3,000 square feet,” he said, confirming that Sir Troy’s is Ohio’s largest independent toy retailer.
Cefaratti, a native of the Cleveland area and a veteran of the US Army, said his business started with him selling LEGOs online from his basement.
“There were no plans to have the biggest toy store in Ohio,” he said. “It really turned into that.”
In 2007, Cefaratti started selling toys at the Hartville Market and the Flea Market. He opened a store in North Canton in 2011, then moved to a larger store in 2013.
Sir Troy’s is probably best known for its huge selection of building bricks, such as LEGOs. It has the largest selection of such items in Northeast Ohio, according to its website.
“Originally (building bricks) were at the heart of our operation,” said Cefaratti. “I think over the years we’ve grown into a full-line toy store – basically something for everyone.”
Today Sir Troy’s also offers classic toys, such as open figures, board games, dolls, action figures, wooden toys, puzzles, crafts and hobbies, as well as sensory toys.
“We specialize in quality toys fueled by the imagination for children of all ages,” said Marks. “These toys overlap a lot with the Montessori type of school in teaching and development, for parents who are very aware of it.”
Marks said she and Cefaratti, who live across the street from each other in Canal Fulton, are toy lovers at heart.
“We’re what we call ‘kids’ so it’s kind of a natural progression that we enjoy,” she said.
Cefaratti said the quality of the toys Sir Troy’s selects makes the company unique.
“We invest a lot of time and energy in selecting the right mix of quality products,” he said. “We go to toy fairs as far as Nuremberg, Germany, looking for things other stores won’t have.
“Basically, if you come to our store, you can be sure that everything on the shelf is a quality item.”
Marks added, “And I think our staff, like us, are a bunch of ‘kids’ and have great product knowledge.”
“If you go to a box store and say it’s your 9 year old nephew’s birthday tomorrow and you need a gift, they’ll just direct you to the toys section,” he said. she declared. “If you walk into one of our stores and tell a staff member that, they’ll run you around the store and bring you all kinds of ideas that will thrill them as much as your 9 year old. nephew will be.
Cefaratti said he believed Sir Troy had resisted the coronavirus pandemic “very strongly”.
“We have been very successful during the pandemic because we carry everything you need when you are stuck at home and have nothing else to do,” he said. “We have a lot of puzzles, a lot of games.”
Cefaratti said his business has been hit by the global shipping crisis and labor shortages that have plagued many retailers during the pandemic.
“We were luckily ahead of most things, so before that happened we had already ordered a lot of stock for the Solon store,” he said.
“It’s an ongoing problem; I mean, there are some things we can’t get. But we will be very well stocked in all three stores during the holiday season. “
Cefaratti said his main goal for the new store was to “continue to provide quality toys for the region”.
“Obviously we want to keep growing,” he said. “We hope to be a good member of the community.
Shaker said Sir Troy’s will be the 30th business to open in the city this year.
“Our business community not only held on (during the pandemic), but we were still able to attract more businesses,” she said. “We continue to grow. “
The opening hours for the new store will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The phone number is 440-318-1252.
For more information, visit the sirtroys.com website.