The story behind the product (from Candy)
I grew up a child of the 70's and 80's. I enjoyed the freedoms of a childhood without social media and being attached to electronic devices. A time where I would wake up on a summer day and spend ALL day riding my bike around my town hanging with friends, swimming at the local pool and going to the fireman's carnival every night for a week. We didn't have to be home until dark and our parents just kind of trusted that we would be ok. I could go on and on about how things have changed etc for childhood since those days...some good...some bad but one thing that I remember most about those days were how my creativity and my imagination were allowed to foster and grow! As long as I can remember I have had an entrepreneurial spirit and I think the way I played definitely helped foster that in me. Think back to your childhood we have all played restaurant at one time or another! My sisters basement had this cool little window cut out thing, like they were building a room and hadn't finished it yet. My cousins and I would take our bikes down there and we would pretend it was a McDonald's. I mean come on, McDonald's was THE place to go in the 70's and 80's! In my own house we turned my basement into a hair salon complete with an old salon chair that was given to me for no other reason than to play with...how cool! One of my absolute favorite things to play with was an actual menu from our local Elbys (Bob's Big Boy) that my mom had gotten and I would play restaurant with that for hours!! There was just something sooo cool about having an actual menu to play with lol! When my girls were little they began to play restaurant and were always wanting us to order from them and they would serve us tiny little play bowls full of pretend food. I remembered that menu that I had and how much fun I had with it so I went on a search to find a menu set for them to play with. Certainly there was something out there. But NOPE...lots of cool play food and dress up outfits but not a single play menu set. So I sat down at my computer and created one for them for Christmas. I spent hours secretly working on their play set after they went to bed getting it ready in time for Christmas morning. I could not wait to give it to them and guess what....they LOVED it!! Yay!!
In an industry saturated with electronic toys and games I'm thrilled to bring a product to market that encourages creative minds to play, to learn, to interact and pretend! It is so important to continue to encourage creativity in our kids and to let them explore their imaginations. Our goal is to encourage dreaming and allow imagination to flourish. We hope that when you order one of our products that it will bring laughter, fun and precious family together time to your home!
Who we are
We are 2 sisters from Pennsylvania living outside of Nashville. We grew up in a family of 5 and have been "cursed" with the family gene of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. Creating businesses is our specialty lol! Candy, a mother of 3, came up with the idea to create a play menu set for her children for a Christmas gift in 2012 when she couldn't find anything like it to give to her daughters who LOVED to play in their play kitchen. The play set was a HIT! Soon her mom friends were asking were on earth did you get that? Candy showed Kelly her idea and asked if she would be willing to hand draw custom images for the menus so that she could put them into her already existing Etsy shop just to see what would happen. We were thrilled to see that this was a product that other people were looking for as well! We are so excited to offer a product that resonates with our customers! Time and time again I have customers thank me for creating such a wonderful product. Sharing their childhood stories about playing restaurant with their brother or sister.Telling me how much their children enjoy playing with their set and ordering over and over again as gifts for friends and family!
We would love to hear from you and we love to see pictures of the kiddos who love their Big City Kids play sets! Feel free to follow us on social media or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org