Madison Originals Magazine Madison Originals Magazine February 2012 - Page 14

14 | madison originals magazine When moving into the new space, Nancy was looking for a design that would be fun, colorful, and which incorporated toys. “It seemed only tting to use children’s blocks to build our new store.” Colorful backlit panels were created for use between the xtures and on the storefront sign. Three kinds of blocks were used from some of Nancy’s favorite companies to create the design. Wooden prism blocks from Haba, a German company; plastic iridescent, Lego-like blocks from Alex Panline, an art supply company; and tiny plastic iridescent Pixel blocks were used. “Many creative hours were painstakingly put in by my colorful, striking patterns, especially from vendors that are green or organic minded.Expanding the green offerings from other toy companies is another of Nancy’s goals. “We also look to support local companies such as Arterro, and Out of the Box Publishing, the creator of Apples to Apples game and I’m Organic.” A staff of 17 employees help Nancy run the store, three of which are managers who have been there a long time.staff, including Kelly Nigl, my daughter-in-law, an art major, arranging and glueing these blocks together. The result is almost a stained glass effect.”Before moving into the new space, Nancy began to expand into the infant/toddler apparel category. The new store has a large area to accommodate this merchandise with items such as baby shoes, baby carriers, diaper bags, and lunch bags. Nancy says her goal in this category is to offer artistic,