Welcome to Kate, one of the owners of Gingerbread House in Bloomington!
Hi, Kate! Where were you born + raised?
I was born and raised outside of Bloomington by a little town called Downs. We grew up just 10 minutes down the same road from the Gingerbread House!
How about your schooling/ University years?
My sisters and I all went to Tri-Valley School District in Downs. Then I moved to Champaign and went to the University of Illinois where I studied accounting!
What was a favorite memory from taking over GH?
It definitely happened fast, and the crazy thing is our mom was on a mission trip in Haiti. So my favorite memory from taking over was by far surprising mom when she got back! Other than that it was such a fun and exciting time, and was super fun doing it with my sisters!
What are some favorite family-friendly places in the Bloomington area?
Rader Family Farms is AMAZING! It is a local pumpkin/adventure farm with so many fun things for families to do! The Children's Discovery Museum is also a great place for a family adventure as well as the Miller Park Zoo and Grady's Family Fun Park! Who doesn't like putt-putting! =)
Tell us your favorite toys for the season at GH?
We are super proud to be carrying the new LUX principled block from our friends over in GALESBURG IL! I have a feeling these blocks are going to be huge! We are already placing more orders with them! Lego will be big again and I couldn't be more excited about our arts and craft section, it is already packed!!
Oooo those sound amazing! Any upcoming holiday events that Peoria families should know about at Gingerbread House or in the Bloomington community?
We are about to kick off our annual 12 Days of Giving! It's our annual event where we chose 12 different non-profit organizations, and on select dates we give them 10% of our sales. The 12 Days of Giving runs from November 2-19, and you can check our website for more info. On Neighborhood Toy Store Day(Nov 14) we will be having tons of activities as well as Small Business Saturday (Nov 28). Black Friday we will join the rest of retail stores and do a big sale early in the am! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting December 5, 12, and 19 from 5-7pm.
Wow, Kate! Lots of excitement at Gingerbread House this winter! Thanks so much for sharing a bit about your creative + unique toy store!