Entries by Imelda McCain

Castor & Pollux – SEE: The Playing Mantis

“SEE: The Playing Mantis” December 5th, 2011 by Julie Henriette We are firm believers in enjoying this time of year with friends and family instead of shopping for presents that nobody wants, so we are going to let you in on a little secret that will simplify the process for you.

A World of Toys

Offering handcrafted toys inspired by children and nature. By Kathy Krassner Imelda McCain had a very special reason for opening a toy store five years ago: her son. Like so many new mothers, McCain began taking a closer look at the toys that were on the market.

Edward Burns on Sky Magazine

INCREDIBLE SELECTION OF HANDMADE TOYS AND GAMES “N MOORE EVOKES TRIBECA’S NOSTALGIC PAST” Playing Mantis has “an incredible selection of handmade toys and games from around the world“ Edward Burns says.

A Toy Store with a Global Conscience

New Places, New Programs for Kids in Manhattan – February 2010 by Kaitlin Ahern A Toy Store with a Global Conscience Playing Mantis, an eco-friendly store offering handmade toys and crafts from around the world, recently opened a new location in Tribeca. The store’s flagship location is in Nyack, NY.

Green Toy Stores

Shopping for Eco Friendly and Natural Wood Toys in New York City. Jan 20 2010 By Marcy   We recently wrote about some wonderful places to Shop for Handmade Toys and Children’s Items in New York City. We wanted to complement that list with some other great suggestions where you can buy natural and green […]

The Journal News – Toy Stores

Playing Mantis toy stores sell simple, handmade toys that promote an interest in the global community. Heather Salerno hsalerno@lohud.com Walk into Nyack’s Playing Mantis toy store, and you get an immediate feeling of Zen. That’s not a feeling associated with big-box retailers, which are dominated by aisles of manufactured plastic playthings that honk, beep, flash, […]

VOGUE Magazine

“Need it Now: Enchanted Endeavor” by Stephanie LaCava, edited by Virginia Tupker Imagine tiny, moss-covered dwellings with stone pebble paths, little wooden chimneys, small twig-lined doors, and entranceways that would fit only a fairy. This is the magical window scene that greets one at the new Tribeca store Playing Mantis. Enter the shop and take […]

The Hook Magazine

“Imelda McCain can’t help but restore your faith in humanity. Her worldview is local in nature and global by design… her simple, unwavering desire to make it all work to everyone’s benefit is as egalitarian and humble as it is inspired.”

Nature and Nurture

NEARBY By Lauren m. Rush Imelda McCain was a nurse for 15 years, but she always thought about opening her own business. The birth of her 7 year-old son, Lucas, however, has had a tremendous influence on the direction of that business. “When Lucas was born, everything changed,” she say. “I look at the world […]