‘PROFILES’

Bloco Toys: Building Success One Piece at a Time

In 2003, Nathalie Barcelo began tinkering with a concept for a novel construction system using O-shaped building blocks. A year later she launched Dragons & Reptiles, the first kit in a line known as Bloco.

Beauty and Value Are Brand Hallmarks of Streamridge.ca

Deep in Ontario’s Mennonite country, Bauman Sawmill produces beautifully crafted Streamridge brand sleds, sleighs and toboggans.

Phoenix On Bowen Fills Niche in Close-knit Island Community

B.C. retailer Angela Powell keeps Phoenix On Bowen tuned to the needs of her unique island community. Although tourism is important, it’s the full-time residents who have really shaped the business.

Minds Alive! Thrives in Ontario Resort Country

The Weersinks didn’t know a lot about toy retailing other than what they’d learned when shopping for their own kids. But that didn’t stop the Midland, Ontario-couple from purchasing the town’s well-known Minds Alive! store when it came up for sale.

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