Monday, May 9, 2011

Brownstone Buddies, As Seen In...


Brownstone Buddies

... the May 2011 issue of Essence, page 132, Brownstone Buddies are soft-sculptured dolls created by partnering moms and friends, Crystal Ganderson-Reid and Janai Nelson.  In an effort to add diversity to the toy market, the multicultural doll line includes an African American math whiz, a Spanish book lover, and an  Indian dancer.  Other ethnicities, male and female, are represented in 28-inch doll form. 

The Essence article notes that the line was launched in 2009 by FAO Schwarz (women, you go!)  The dolls are priced $19.99 with an original retail of $59.99 at the FAO website and are described as:
Brownstone Buddies are a group of fun-loving friends who live in an idyllic brownstone neighborhood. These spirited preschoolers represent the many cultures of children across the globe. Each of the Brownstone Buddies has an exciting back-story and a specific interest. They all come with the collectible Brownstone Buddies Passport to the World which you can personalize and stamp. Traveling with a world of ideas, Brownstone Buddies invite you to join them in exploring worlds and expanding minds!

For more information about Brownstone Buddies, meet the women behind the dolls here; visit their website, tell a friend, and if you collect dolls of this type, order one or two. 


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4 comments:

  1. Their story is very inspiring. Amazing how they were brought together and that their journey, even having kids at the same time. God was working his magic. It would be nice to see them make dolls smaller, too, like 18-24 in size. ToysRUs has some of their dolls for $19.99, down from $60, Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Yes, their story is very interesting. God certainly had a hand in bringing the owners of Brownstone Babies together.

    Thanks for letting me know that you've seen the dolls at Toys R Us. TRU has an FAO shop. Interestingly, my store's FAO shop is segregated from the other store merchandise--it's like a store within a store, and if you don't know it's there, you'll miss it. I'd like to see Brownstone Babies up close and personal.

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  3. I didn't see them in person, I went to TRU on-line. Next time I go to TRU, I am going to look for them.

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  4. Thanks for the clarification, Vanessa!

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