STAMFORD, Conn. -- On High Ridge Road in Stamford you will find the perfect place to do all of your holiday shopping for the little people in your lives. Stamford Toys and Books, owned by Nick Tarzia, was established in 2007.
What started out as a small store has since expanded into a larger wonderland for kids of all ages. Tarzia is a lifetime resident of Stamford and resides in town with his wife, Janet, and two children.
“They were 6 and 8 when I opened Stamford Toys, they are now teenagers, but they still think it’s cool that their dad owns a toy store,’’ Tarzia said.
Located behind Fed Ex, Stamford Toys and Books has plenty of parking and a lot to offer to its customers. Besides its convenient location and competitive prices, Stamford Toys offers free batteries with each toy purchase that requires them, free self-serve gift wrapping and free birthday cards. Tarzia appreciates his customers and that is why he offers these complimentary services.
In November, Stamford Toys ran a special event for the community. He printed 5,000 holiday cards worth 20 percent off each and gave them out to local nonprofits and schools to sell as fundraisers. Each organization keeps 100 percent of the proceeds and the supporters who purchase the cards get 20 percent off at the store for two weeks in November.
“This public service is one of the ways we want to show we care about our community,’’ Tarzia said.
In addition to that event, Stamford Toys gives back to the community in many ways, by donating for events and fundraisers for local private and public schools, day cares, mom’s clubs, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Backyard Humanitarian, Jewish Community Center, Tiny Miracles and more.
“We say no to no one if it benefits kids,’’ Tarzia said.
When he opened Stamford Toys, Tarzia was so grateful that he had so much support from local residents that he wanted to show his appreciation by giving back. He said he felt the best way to do that was in a way that benefited his customers' children.
“I feel very fortunate, very thankful and without the kids, I wouldn’t have a business,’’ he said.
So when going over your holiday lists the next few weeks, remember Nick Tarzia and Stamford Toys. You will find just what you need in a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Learn more at www.stamfordtoys.com
Robyn Blosio Bova is a Realtor with Higgins Group in Stamford and a volunteer with Backyard Humanitarian.