Local Toy Store Captures Small Town Feel

HENDERSON, Nev. - Small business drive the U.S. economy, and they're counting on you to make this a successful holiday season. Local businesses are ready - including a Henderson toy shop that's competing with national toy chains.

Kettlemuck's Toy Shoppe near Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway offers impressive displays - from a talking tree inside the store to a treasure dig in which kids hunt for treasure inside a sand pit.

"It gives you a small town feeling, and it goes along with small businesses in the area," said Kettlemuck's salesperson Lori Arnold. "So, you are in the middle of a city, but you come in here, and you get awesome customer service."

This is the third Christmas for Kettlemuck's. The staff says dealing with the slow economy was tough at first, but they are excited about this season, since the economy is showing signs of improvement. They hope holiday shoppers will consider Kettlemuck's, especially if they are looking for items that can't be found at big chains such as Toys "R" Us.

"We carry items that Toys 'R' Us doesn't have," Arnold said. "So, if we can actually get our customers in the store, they are very loyal. We have the best customers, and once they're in here, they keep coming back."

Brian Gordon, a principal at Applied Analysis, says Las Vegas is seeing increased sales compared with last year. Small businesses like Kettlemuck's hope for a strong year.

"Local businesses are expected to capture their fair share of the holiday shopping season," he said. "All retailers are trying to get their name out there as much as they can, whether it's traditional websites (or) some sort of social media platforms."

Kettlemuck's is no exception. The shop has a website and Facebook page.


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