Madison Originals Magazine Madison Originals Magazine February 2012 - Page 12

12 | madison originals magazineoriginal shopping hether you are looking for a toy for an infant, toddler, tween, or teen, Playthings in Hilldale Shopping Center is the place to nd a huge selec- tion of toys that entertain, educate, and fascinate. Owner Nancy Nigl took a circuitous route before deciding to open a toy shop. Originally an art major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she decided to take a break from school and move to Tucson, Arizona. There she met her husband Pete, who is from Milwaukee. They married in 1977, and decided to move back to Wisconsin. “We moved to Madison so that my husband could return to school to further his education and so that we could be closer to family,” explains Nancy. “I took a job at a hospital, which lead me to return to school to pursue a nursing degree.” Nancy graduated from nursing school in 1981, and began her career as an RN. When her rst son, Spencer, was born in 1984, Nancy decided to stay home as a full-time mom. “This is when I really started to think about opening a toy store. In my pursuit for interesting and creative toys, there just didn’t seem to be much out there,” she says. With the help and support of her family, she made her way to the International Toy Fair in New York, where she discovered a world of wonderful children’s products. Nancy