November 24, 2014
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The Imagine Nation
Breaking the Ice
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The Imagine Nation for Your Kids This Christmas

Once upon a time, back when "text" was still a noun, and not every toy had batteries, there were toys that set out to become the best Christmas present under the tree and that every child in the US dreamed of getting. Those toys yearning to be in every little pair of hands wasn't a marketing opportunity, but a chance to positively affect the future remembering that the most powerful thing any of us played with in this life was our imagination.

Few things define our childhood memories like the toys we grow up playing with. We all had our favorite toy that we just couldn't be without, whether it was our beloved stuffed animal that was needed to fall asleep, or the Etch-A-Sketch that made long, cross-country family road trips bearable.

Many of these toys are still as wildly popular as they were decades back, such as Steiff, Madame Alexander and Tonka. So you ask where do you find such toys? And NO they won't be in those big box stores!

NOFO in Five Points, Raleigh has been stocking the their shelves with the plush adorable's and quality toys that last for generations. You may be surprised to learn that they regularly stock  Madame Alexander dolls, Steiff Animals, Moulin Roty, Vilac, Hape, Maileg, Schylling, Tonka, Eeboo, Jellycat, Manhatton Toy and more. In fact they are the only story in Raleigh that carries many of these lines.

Since 1880, Steiff has been making plush toys and collectibles that set the world standard for quality. Made from only the finest materials, each Steiff animal is meticulously hand-sewn and hand-finished by talented artisans in Giengen, Germany. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears -- Steiff invented the Teddy bear in 1902. Since the firm was founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880, more than 16,000 different designs for animals have been created.

Vilac has been manufacturing high-quality traditional wooden toys for 100 years. To make Vilac toys, the wood is turned, smoothed, sanded and lacquered by the skilled craftsmen at Moirans-en-montagne, France. This process makes for a truly beautiful finish. Every item in their broad range of toys, including the Vilac car, demonstrates the company's dedication to the poetry of wood as an organic and durable material; perfect for child's play.

Beatrice Alexander was the quintessential American female entrepreneur. She founded the Madame Alexander Doll Company in New York City around her kitchen table in 1923. Her core belief then and for them still today is that dolls should be used to engage a child's imagination. "Love is in the details." The Madame Alexander Doll Co. upholds the high standards of impeccable quality, ensuring that all dolls manufactured under their care will receive hands-on attention and meticulous scrutiny every step of the way.

Moulin Roty has been producing iconic French toys for over 40 years now and they continue to go from strength to strength in terms of popularity, quality and imagination. Although vintage and delicate in style each toy is highly crafted and produced to a high specification to withstand rougher play.

Hape toys are designed first and foremost for children with each product developed to enhance a child's developmental skills. Neither language, nor culture, nor gender impedes the intuitive play patterns. What children see as fun, parents and educators recognize as age-appropriate learning basics; social, sensory, physical, and emotional skills. Using natural materials, water-based paints, and strict quality and safety standards make every Hape toy an investment kids will love and parents can trust.

NOFO @ the Pig - 2014 Fairview Rd. Raleigh, 27608. Phone: 919-821-1240, Retail Shop Hours: Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Website.

Magical Memories - Your Favorite Toys

We took to the streets and asked shoppers in the Triangle to tell us which toys they still fondly remember from their childhood. Scroll through below to take a trip down memory lane.

Ouija Boards - No sleepover or camping trip was complete without this wonderfully-creepy game, which seriously left us wondering if the spirits were trying to tell us something -- or if our buddies were just trying to pull one over on us.

Chatty Cathy Dolls - You guessed it. The term we use to describe an especially eager conversationalist comes from this popular doll which debuted in the late 1950s. Pull a string in Cathy's back and she'd speak one of about a dozen phrases, including, "I love you." Aww!

The Mighty Dump Truck and associated "Mighty" line of construction equipment models introduced from 1964. The all-metal "Tonka Trucks" were sold throughout the world and earned a reputation as being indestructible. A mighty all time favorite of the men we asked.

Brio Trains -  Let's celebrate 130 years of never growing old! Always fun to build and play with. Wooden trains, tracks and accessories sparking young minds since 1884 with a clean and simple design. Brio products encourage and open up a whole universe of fun, where the only limitation is your own imagination. This is a play-philosophy they base all their products on, and it's one that they've stayed true to since the birth of the Brio company.

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Breaking the Ice - Winterfest Opens

Create magical memories on ice! Take a yuletide glide with friends, family, and loved ones on the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest outdoor ice rink. The ice skating rink is officially opened this year and will remain open until Friday, February 1, 2015.

Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest is a 10-week holiday event that welcomes the Greater Raleigh community to break the ice for downtown's exciting holiday season. The rink is located at City Plaza at the 400 block of Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh.

Throughout the season, the rink will host special programming to enhance the outdoor holiday experience.

Two for Tuesdays - Provides skaters with a special discount of buy one skating admission at full price and get a second free.

Date and Skate - On Thursdays from 6pm till 9pm enjoy a romantic experience featuring an enchanting horse-drawn carriage ride from through downtown Raleigh, free with show of ice rink wristband.

Rock Around the Rink -  Friday's from 8pm till 11pm skaters can glide to the beat of local DJ's spinning the latest and greatest tunes.

To view and download the full ice rink calendar, click here.
Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest ice rink hours are subject to change due to inclement weather condition.
This Weeks Schedule:
Monday, November 24th CLOSED
Tuesday, November 25th 4 pm-9 pm
Wednesday, November 26th 11am - 9pm
Thursday, November 27th Thanksgiving 11am-5pm
Friday, November 28th 11am-11 pm
Saturday, November 29th 11am-11pm

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Attention NC Artists - Submit Your Works for the 2015 North Carolina Artists Exhibition - The Best of North Carolina Creativity - Raleigh Fine Arts Society Celebrates 50 years promoting NC Art & Artists.
Eligibility: North Carolina residents ages 18 and over are eligible to submit two original works created within the last two years.
Juror - Herb Jackson an award-winning artist and a native of Raleigh. He is Professor of Art at Davidson College and former Chair of the Art Department. He has had 150 one-person exhibitions in the United States and abroad and his work is in more than 100 museum collections.
Awards - The Juror will present Honorable Mention awards, three $1,000 Juror's Choice awards, and a Grand Prize of $3,000. Art will not be separated into categories for judging.
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