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About Imelda McCain
Imagine a toy store where the toys all have a voice and like to share their stories of where they come from and who made them. Imelda McCain, the woman behind Playing Mantis, selects the toys for her store on the basis that their stories are pleasant to hear. She chooses items that are produced in an eco-friendly manner by small businesses all over the world. Hence, you can find carved wooden tree puzzles made by a school teacher in Hungary to help support his family, dolls hand-made by women in Argentina, or musical instruments from Sweden. Products here are picked with a steadfast idealism, centered on the nurturing of children's imagination and their sense for natural materials. Imelda McCain's son Lucas inspired this philosophy and her conviction that toys don't need to flash, buzz, or beep to entertain kids, let alone help them to grow. We couldn't help but inquire, and it turns out nothing in this store has batteries. It seems everything at Playing Mantis is powered by imagination.
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Q&A with Imelda McCain, owner of Playing Mantis March 26, 2014 Imelda McCain had a mission to introduce children to natural wooden crafts before they pick up the electronics and plastic toys so in 2006 she opened Playing Mantis, at 32 North Moore St. The store carries handcrafted toys and collectibles made from wood and […]
music and songs If you have a child, are a child or never actually grew up! Come Join Scott and Jessie at Playing Mantis in Tribeca this Saturday. Come join us Saturday December 28th from 1-4pm at the Playing Mantis Toy store,
Let us take you on a journey to discover the Soulful Economy and a marketplace for conscious consumers. Shop artisan gifts that give back, from unique jewelry to wallets and bags made out of recycled material, beautiful rugs crafted in India, pillows from Africa, tabletop from Bali, essential oils of health and healing, home accessories, […]
It is the first snowfall of 2013…. as if the clouds from above descended and settled in the grass, on trees and rooftops. It is so fresh…. unbranded, unmarked by neither foot nor paw prints. Once in a while the wind swooshes lifting the snow from branches …as they dance and then lightly flutters against […]
Thank you all for a very successful evening – Your support and kindness is greatly appreciated Fundraising Evening Join us for a fundraising evening of restoring hope to the victims of typhoon Yolanda December 1, 2013 between 4:00 – 7:00 PM 100% profit from (including web sales) will be donated to the Philippines Refreshment and Music […]
Published on Nov 24, 2012 SageRock A toy store like this would be loved anywhere. But you rarely see this kind of vision in places other than the great cities of the world.
We are excited to be on the cover page of the Travel + Leisure September issue! Our September issue—chock full of great stories about Italy, Tulum, Paris, India, and more—is available on newsstands now! Check it out!
Store Hours & Location
32 North Moore
New York, NY 10013
Tuesday to Sunday:
11AM – 6PM
Store is closed on Monday