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Vendor Spotlight: BEKA Wooden Toys and Easels by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

May 24, 2011

Beka Special Shapes BlocksBeka is another of our small, family owned and operated vendors.  Operating in St. Paul, Minnesota, they make the finest hardwood blocks, puppet theaters and easels we’ve found.  And, they are a pleasure to work with, providing excellent communication, prompt shipping, and a lifetime guarantee on products so well made I’ve never heard of anything breaking.

Here’s what they have to say:

“Beka has been owned and operated by an extended family group, including brothers Jamie, Richard and Peter Kreisman for 38+ years.  Now moving into the next generation, Jamie has been joined by his son Jonathon, as Richard and Peter explore the concept of retirement.  They provide stability and direction, insuring all products and policies are compatible with their personal standards.  They make sure they’re fun to use, too.

We began producing specialty wood products in 1973, originally building hand weaving looms for sale through specialty yarn stores.  In the early 1980’s, our focus shifted to include large scale creative play products for children, in addition to a growing line of handweaving equipment.  The BEKA name is now known throughout the specialty toy market, the fiber craft market and school supply industry for our high quality weaving and knitting tools for adults; plus the easels, puppet theaters, unit blocks and other creative play products we make for children.

Beka Wooden Block Set

We describe ourselves as a “manufacturer” because we personally make the things we sell. Our unique modular designs give our customers great flexibility in choosing product features, but it is Select Hard Maple and Cherry, fashioned by Skilled Woodworkers that provide the backbone for the quality products we produce.  We combine the economy and efficiency of volume manufacturing with the personal service of a small, family owned business. ”

I’m really looking forward to meeting Jonathon and the Beka team next month at the ASTRA (American Specialty Toy Retailing Association) show in Anaheim, California.

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at kitty@heirloomwoodentoys.com or (866) 202-8073.

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