A popular Fashion Island toy store has a new home within the mall. Engine Ear Toys made a move in order to expand its inventory and provide higher quality products for customers, says Fashion Island spokeswoman Meredith Foye. “As part of the move, they have introduced the ability to demo products, (allowing) customers… to test games and toys before purchasing them,” she says. “Additionally, they offer a wider variety of games reaching a broader audience, more brain games and STEM products.”
Newport Beach | shopfashionisland.com
The Game Chest
You might call it a treasure trove chock-full of gaming goodness. The Game Chest is a new south county store that’s part retail and part education. Aside from selling board games and toys, the Game Chest offers classes, science labs and board game marathons. It hosts family board game nights, parents’ night out and corporate team building events, too. It plans to offer Pokemon and Dungeons and Dragons tournaments in coming months. The Game Chest is owned and run by three local moms.
Mission Viejo | Thegamechest.com
The Etiquette Factory
Kids have a chance to brush up on their manners this fall with the relaunch of a Rancho Santa Margarita etiquette series. The Etiquette Factory will offer a weekly after-school manners and social skills camp that will teach children about table manners, empathy, tact, sharing and more. Children will learn through music, stories, role play and discussion. In all, they’ll master more than 50 different etiquette skills, says business owner Jennifer Andrus-Nelson. “Your children will be surprised that this camp will be remembered as one of their favorite camps of all time,” she says. “It’s absolutely loads of fun while teaching your children life-long skills”
Rancho Santa Margarita | theetiquettefactory.com