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At Finnegan’s, we take fun seriously. This is an actual letter to one of our vendors: hiya. we just got a load of fun stuff from you. thank you. however, we are disappointed in the fart whistle. one was returned from a customer. it wouldn't whistle at all. so we tried out some others. they whistle, but in no way did they sound like a fart. we think our buyers will be disappointed, so we pulled them off the sales floor. would it possible to get credit toward our next order? yours sincerely, -f We try new things often, but...

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childhood, crafts, memories, play day, Saturday -

Saturdays at Finnegan’s are memorable for any kid, but we try to MAKE memories. How do we do that? By hosting Saturday Play Days! Most Saturdays, from 11-4 or thereabouts, kids ages 3 and up can partake in any manner of activities, depending on the day. (Tomorrow, for instance, we’ll have an obstacle course—with prizes at the end, for those who don’t believe that the journey itself IS the goal…) We like the kids to have a take-away of some sort, if not an actual project they made, then some sort of souvenir to remember us by. It’s a great...

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I hear it every day: “I haven't been in for ages. My kids are all grown.” My response is always the same. “We're not just for kids.” What kid, for example, is going to assemble a 3,000-piece puzzle? And what adult stops playing Twister, Monopoly, or chess? Okay, maybe some of us stop playing Twister… Besides the games and puzzles, we have coloring books for adults, gag gifts, hula hoops, desk toys, and these really lovely smelling soy candles made in eastern Oregon. (Pro tip: Do not give candles to a kid!) Yes, we sell toys for kids of all...

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customer service -

A customer reviewed us a while back… “This is a special place. It is more than just about toys. It is about service and caring.” We helped her over the phone, and we shipped her order to a boy in the hospital. She seemed to think we’d somehow gone out of our way, but it was just what we do—and we’re happy to do it. We like to think ours is a special place, so that was nice to hear. We believe that what we do matters, that people matter, and in that way we are more than just about...

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location -

Is Finnegan’s still open? Yes! And we’ve been in our new location for five years now… It’s the rare customer that prefers change, and it isn't often we hear customers say they like the new space better. After 25 years in the same place, there’s bound to be a bit of resistance—especially when the previous locale is steeped in childhood memories. What three generations of Finnegan’s shoppers may not realize is that the old location was new once too. We’re now in our FIFTH location. (Free $50 Finnegan’s gift card to the first person who can tell us the first...

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