The Story of Magnifilous Toy Emporium
Blane and Nancy Sommer are the mom and pop behind this small locally owned toy emporium. Blane is the master toy salesman , always willing to play a game, demonstrate what is new and exciting or participate in an indoor soccer match. Nancy spends most of her time seeking toys and gifts that are both unique and durable. Both are committed to providing the customer the best possible toy shopping experience. Though we specialize in high quality ,we do our best to have items in a price range that suits any budget and with only one location we pride ourselves in establishing relationships with our loyal customers.
Our journey: College spring break senior year was the beginning of our personal journey. We met, graduated from college and began careers as respiratory therapists. Blane started a home medical equipment company and Nancy worked as a director of the cardiac, vascular and pulmonary department at a local hospital. First came love, then came marriage as they say. We became partners in life and business.
Following several years in the home care field and welcoming two daughters into our family , we sold our first mom and pop business to a national chain and took the opportunity to stay home and raise our family. Our new careers involved raising two children, three horses, three dogs, three cats and several dozen alpaca on our small gentleman’s farm in Ohio. ( yes, this is where we admit to being one of the many Ohio transplants in the Carolinas)
Children grown and off to college and we began our migration south.
After a few years in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina we decided to seek a new adventure. We made several visits to Charleston and were lured to the area by the warm, welcoming people and the enthusiasm and energy of a growing city. We relocated in the summer of 2012 and began to explore business opportunities.
After deciding that a toy store was our answer, in a little less than eight weeks, we leased our beautiful retail space on upper King in historic downtown Charleston , completed the necessary paper work , ordered our inventory with the help of our family who own a toy emporium in Idaho , found a great contractor to renovate the space, returned to Ohio for our daughter’s wedding and made our anticipated opening in November of 2012, just in time for the holiday season.
It has been both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. But ,as we are often asked by the young and young at heart, “Do you really get to play at work everyday?” Yes, we do. What could be better for a second career?