New documentary series, A Toy Store Near You, will run on online platforms from May 29.
The production company behind The Toys That Made Us is launching an new documentary series, A Toy Store Near You. Intended to provide support for independent toy stores during the pandemic, the series will spotlight the small businesses that allow children and collectors to buy toys.
Audiences will be able to watch the series on platforms including Amazon Prime and YouTube, with the show premiering on May 29.
More information has been shared by the Nacelle Company:
A deep dive into one of the quirkiest and tightest-knit parts of the pop culture community, its 50 episodes are as much a snapshot of small businesses in America during one of the hardest times in the history of the country as it is a look at the wonder and joy of the toy stores and people behind them.
Created with self-filmed footage from toy store owners and employees from across the globe (US, The Netherlands, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, and The UK), the show is a compelling look at the nostalgia-and-plastic world of each individual shop, the stores’ histories, the unique personalities that run them, the resurgence in the indie toy community, and how these stores are trying to survive while closed due to the pandemic.
A Toy Store Near You will feature stores that are still operating under legal guidelines during the health crisis- some running under an online storefront and others that have opted to provide curbside delivery only. The first episode will feature Billy Galaxy Toys in Portland, Oregon, one of the premiere toy stores in the country. The majority of the proceeds from the show will go back to each store that is featured. Nacelle conceived of and began production on the series early in the crisis to provide vital relief for this hard-hit segment of America’s small business community.
A Toy Store Near You was created by Brian Volk-Wess (Founder and CEO of The Nacelle Company), who also created and produced Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us, and The Movies That Made Us, as well as Disney +’s Behind The Attraction and Netflix’s Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History. Cisco Henson and Rich Mayerik executive produced.
“When I heard that my two local toy stores were closing due to the quarantine, I knew we had to do something to raise money and awareness for the stores all over the world that were struggling. Hopefully we can be of some help,” says Brian Volk-Weiss.