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The Wall Street JournalKumiko Suzuki, a 22-year-old college student in Japan, played with Barbie dolls as a child. She says she always saw Barbie as her ideal image of a glamorous Western princess. "She's slim, she's blond and she's just a dream," Suzuki said. "I want to be...
Sun StaffSanta, tell the elves to downsize: Excess is out. Frugal is in. But if this is the year to economize during the holiday season, does that mean our youngest relations have to suffer? A survey of this year's hottest toy offerings suggests maybe not....
Sun National StaffSecond in a series MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Sunday mornings, there is God. Sunday afternoons, guns. After sitting in the pews of their Lutheran church, the Montest family will load up their white Chevy Suburban with guns, ammo and safety gear, and head out...
The Wall Street JournalIn recent years, McDonald's Corp. has puzzled over how to expand beyond two core markets, young men and children. But now, it is facing a bigger problem: the loss of some of its kids' business. Sales of its Happy Meals have fallen three years in a row....
Special To The SunTired of the same old silver garland? Not to mention those colored glass balls and twinkling white lights. We at LIVE! know just how you feel. Trying to head off the holiday-decorating doldrums, we looked to some local historic properties for...
Special to SunSpotThousands of Baltimore-area shoppers hit the megamalls and superstores in search of holiday gifts this past weekend, but Ruth Levy wasn't one of them. Instead, the city resident shopped for toys for her grandchildren at Barstons Child's Play, a small...
- 1840: An American doll maker is granted a patent, and dolls are mass-produced in America for the first time. - 1862: German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz opens the FAO Schwarz toy chain in Baltimore before moving it to New York a few years...
Special To The SunFells Point, which began as a maritime community, has evolved into a thriving retail and dining district. For a fun way to visit the neighborhood, try hopping a ride on a water taxi from the Inner Harbor. But by all means, be sure to venture off the main...
Times Staff WriterAt a crowded toy convention last month, Bruce Pascal delicately pulled a small plastic cylinder from his pocket. He popped the cap and out slid a 3-inch-long bundle swathed in bubble wrap. "I'm asking $35,000," he said, unwrapping his treasure: a die-...
Vicki and Bob Abraham -- Tiffany & Co. man in the moon rattle. Nancy and Alan Abramson -- hand-painted burping clothes. Elizabeth Amos -- specially made small knitted booties. Joan Anderson -- For the Governor, Ronald Reagan time piece. For Joshua,...
There was the day, four years ago, when the great jazz singer Kurt Elling and I, two people not light on self-confidence, decided that we would teach our 4-year-old daughters to fly kites. So, we bought a couple of plastic, diamond-shaped kites at a toy...
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