Biz Beat: Top Hat Toys Expands, Hollywood Casino Wins, Celebrates Small Business Saturday | Business
Happening this week in and around Cecil County…
Top hat toys in the Oxford Farmer’s Market, 193 Limestone Road, Oxford, Pa., plans to be in its new, much larger store in early 2022. But for now, Lisa Sisson pulls out the hot toys as fast as she can store them in her 300 square foot farm.
“We were hoping to be in the new store before Christmas,” Sisson said, as she phoned another customer. Delays took that hope away, but she said it was too busy to spend a lot of time worrying about it.
Sisson runs the store, teaches at the school and drives the bus for the Lancaster County Private School; all this while managing his stock in two storage units and his house.
“The new store will be 1,200 square feet with a second floor,” she said. This second floor means she doesn’t have to make her history outside, which happened last summer.
“It went well. We had 15-20 kids on a normal Friday, ”she said. With the new building, it will be able to host more events and have them inside.
Sisson and her husband Michael opened Top Hat Toys a year ago.
“I didn’t know it was going to take off well,” she said.
Saying that she always loved toys, Sisson started out doing vendor shows until COVID. During the pandemic, she stopped at Oxford Farmers Market to get sweet pretzels and the idea of having a store hit her. Top Hat Toys opened on November 6, 2020.
Accessing redemptions and overstocks, it offers its toys at competitive prices with chain stores.
“Pokemon stuff I can’t keep in here,” she said. She has Legos, K’Nex, Paw Patrol, superheroes, action figures, retro toys, puzzles, games, RC cars, drones and more. She also has gift cards and offers free gift wrapping.
Top Hat Toys is open Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 a.m. The week after Thanksgiving, Sisson adds hours on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the holiday season.
On Small Business Saturday, November 27, Santa will be at the store as part of the wishlist event.
“Kids can make a wish list and bring it directly to Santa,” Sisson said. Meanwhile, mom and dad can get a head start on shopping with a list preview.
Keep it in the family, Sisson’s daughter Abby simpkins will also settle when Top Hat Toys has its largest store. Simpkins worked Sass children’s shop online, but said her mother invited her to donate her clothes inside the toy store.
Most of Sass ‘clothing is aimed at girls, but Simpkins said she will likely add more boys’ clothing with the in-person shopping experience. For now, buy on Facebook or InstaGram for casual to dressy clothes.
Hollywood Casino in Perryville is one more step towards the possibility of offering sports betting after the action by the Sports betting application review committee.
Along with casinos in four other locations, Hollywood Casino has already received certification from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission earlier this year. The SWARC license will allow the state lottery agency to issue licenses after ensuring that each facility is operating within the defined guidelines.
“We are excited to move forward and are coordinating closely with the casinos to make sure they finish everything as quickly as possible,” said Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director. Jean Martin. “The work is in progress and we are close. Our goal is to pitch within 30-45 days, which means the Marylanders will be able to bet on the NFL playoffs and the Super Bowl. We couldn’t be happier about it.
Hollywood Casino has been open since September 2010.
Creatives have until the end of the month to obtain a crown decorated with the Cecil County Arts Council for the 4th edition of the crown wonderland.
From December 3-10, the wreaths will be exhibited at auction and the proceeds will go to the Arts Council and the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce.
Your wreath can represent your business, a hobby, or the season. Have fun with it, but bring your finished wreath to 135 East Main St. in Elkton by November 30.
Celebrate the Holidays with a 5 crafting points Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. to 5 point junction, 314 Chrome Road in Nottingham, Pennsylvania.
Rachel Francart, who owns the market with her husband Derek, said Craftsgiving will feature at least 17 local vendors with handmade items or other gift ideas.
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the National Business Inclusion Consortium named Food Lion “Best of the Best” for its commitment to diversity and inclusion in all communities, store managers recently announced.
“The Best-of-the-Best designation honors companies for their commitment to diverse American employees and business owners, which include LGBT people, people of color, women and people with disabilities,” said the co-founder and president of NGLCC. Justin nelson. “This designation is highly competitive and is only awarded to companies that we believe are constantly striving to strengthen and celebrate diversity. “
Lion food has received this award for five consecutive years.
“Being named one of the best companies by LGBTQ industry leaders reaffirms that the work we have made has made a difference to our associates and the communities we serve,” said the President of Food Lion. Meg Ham. “Diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the fabric of our business. We take great care to create an environment where everyone can feel at home.
Don’t go to that Thanksgiving dinner empty-handed. Chesapeake Gold Farms will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, so you can shop for cheeses and meats for a top notch charcuterie board or just an old snack.
Also pick up locally made butter and yogurt for your favorite dishes. Discover the gift boxes for a hostess gift.
The Chesapeake Gold store is located at 41 Grove Miller Lane in the North East.
If filling out FAFSA forms gives you an anxiety attack, Harford Community College and Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union would like to help with a free seminar on the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid”.
The seminar will give good information for students and parents. If you have a college or high school, find out now what you need to know to get college coverage.
Topics to be covered include “Cost of Attendance and Financial Needs”, “Categories, Types and Sources of Financial Assistance” and “Special Circumstances”.
You must pre-register to attend this event on November 29 at 1 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit – maybe literally – with Rudolph Bourbon Pop Up Bar open Thursday through Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at 64 South Third St. in Oxford.
This is your chance to sip, taste, and find a new favorite to drink or gift. This is a cash only event.
National Federation of Independent Business filed a legal challenge last week against measures taken by the Biden administration to impose COVID vaccinations.
According to the NFIB, the mandate goes beyond the powers of the federal government by requiring employers to require employees to be vaccinated. It infringes on the rights of small business owners to operate in a way that suits them and questions whether the Occupation Safety and Health Administration has the power to issue such a warrant.
For now, the order is on hold while the courts debate the merits of the case. OSHA, meanwhile, is seeking comments on a proposal to make the mandate applicable to all businesses, regardless of size. Currently, the mandate would only affect people with 100 or more employees, unless legal action is taken.
The NFIB is encouraging small business owners to get involved and comment on the mandate, which could come into effect on December 5 and be in effect until May 5, 2022.
Remember that Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to shops, businesses and neighborhood shops that help the local economy thrive.
This includes smaller businesses such as those run from a home. Remember that stores such as Teal Antler Boutique, You Empowered Boutique, and Be Free Boutique started out with a simple online presence and are now in physical and growing locations.
Elizabeth Charles Boutique operates from 5 Navaho Trail North in Elkton, with purchases by appointment only at this time. You can see what this small business has to offer when it comes to women’s fashion on their Facebook page.
The Mature American Citizens Association recently gave Representative Andy Harris (R-1st Dist) his American Patriot Award. Presented by Rebecca WeberAMAC CEO Harris was one of 56 members of Congress to be celebrated for what the organization described as “standing up against the nefarious policies currently being put forward in Washington, DC.” and constantly promoting the American values of faith, family and freedom.
Bob Carlström, president of AMAC Action, said Harris successfully represents the 7,504 members of the national organization’s Maryland First District.
“Congressman Andy Harris has always stood up for the free enterprise system and America’s values of faith, family and freedom while pushing back against government excesses,” Carlstrom said. “As this administration doubles down on legislation that will dramatically expand this welfare state and raise taxes for the middle class, Congressman Andy Harris continues to lock the guns on AMAC and our 2.3 million members at the nationwide against these destructive ideas. “
Business Beat is a weekly column on business events in and around Cecil County. If you would like your business to be featured in this column, contact Jane Bellmyer at [email protected] or 443-245-5007.