If you have been reading our newsletters and Facebook posts of the last few days you know that we put out a call for help. We had found ourselves in a very difficult position for any business — basically out of cash, maxed out on credit and needing to pay vendors and rent.
We decided to put our trust in our friends and customers and be transparent about our situation, not to ask for a handout, but to ask for your business in a time when we could really use it.
I'm happy to report that the community responded in an amazing way....not only have we been flooded with orders (our team here will be packing and shipping through the weekend so that we can get caught up) but we have been showered with kind words, love and generous offers to help.
All of the proceeds of the past few days will go towards putting us back on our feet so we can focus on growing our business and looking for more fun and exciting ways to keep our now 12-year old dream alive. We've still got a lot to do and a good amount of debt, but at least we're in a position to fight again.
We want to sincerely thank each and every person who has placed an order, shared our posts or visited the store over the past few days. We've been working overtime to make sure that we can earn the trust you've put in us as a valued source of toys and art and are optimistic that we will not only continue to exist, but thrive going forward.
One of the things we will be doing to add to the bottom line is making our gallery and store available for private events...both personal and corporate. While we don't have all of the details firmed up just yet, please reach out to us if you are in the Chicago area and have a need for private event space rental. We think we have a unique space, filled with wonderful toys and art, that will work for a variety of purposes. If this is something that interests you, please reach out and we'll let you know the details.
Whitney & Kirby Kerr
Ever wanted to learn how to make your own plush toys? Join us the afternoon of Saturday, July 9th, 12 Noon to 2:30pm for the Slothie Yarnie Sewing Workshop!
Your $30 entry fee includes all materials needed to make your very own plush Slothie plus instruction by Yarnies creator Mikey Anderson. Come in empty handed and leave with your very own handmade plush sloth! No sewing experience necessary. Kids and adults welcome!
Space is limited to 12 students, sign up now to reserve a space!
Show Us Your Toys Rocking Out and Win Riot Fest Chicago Tickets!
Post a photo on your Instagram of your toys in their best rock and roll moment (what that means we'll leave up to you) and tag it with @riot_fest, #riotfest, @rotofugi and #toysrockcontest between now and June 28 for your chance to win a pair of 3-Day General Admission Tickets to Riot Fest in Chicago, September 16-18. Make us laugh, make us cry but, most importantly, make us want to rock out with our toys out! *
Two winners will be selected to each get a pair of tickets, one chosen randomly from all entrants, and one chosen by us (@rotofugi) as the most rocking of all!
*Limit one entry per person. The prize is for tickets only....if you're not in the Chicago area you're responsible for your own travel and accommodations. Winners will be notified by Instagram Message (plus we'll do a post as well) on June 29.
Spring is in the air so let's celebrate by having some DIY toy painting fun!
Register now for our Spring Mini Munny Painting Party & Class taking place Saturday, March 26th, 1-4pm. Your $35 admission fee includes one Kidrobot™ Mini Munny vinyl figure, all paint and art supplies needed, 3 hours of instruction with artist Mary Ruth Butterworth plus tasty snacks!
Our sunny instructor Mary will guide you along with painting tips to create a wonderful Spring-themed Munny like the image shown here or you can take your own direction and simply enjoy the comradery, not to mention the snacks!
Sign up today! Space is limited to 18 people per class. Please see the registration page for age restrictions and other details.
All classes take place at our store in Chicago, 2780 N Lincoln Avenue.
Join us December 16 for our first ever Munny Ornament Paint-a-long Class!
Your $25 entry fee includes one 2-1/2 inch Munny Ornament,* all decoration supplies and instruction by artist Mary Ruth Butterworth plus 15% off any other items** you would like to purchase during the event! DIY holiday fun for all!
Ages 10+ are welcome...make it a fun family event!
*Munny ornaments are available in Gold, Silver, Green, Red & White — colors are limited. Sign up now to reserve your first choice! **Excluding original artworks
Sign up in person at the store, 2780 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago or pay for your registration online! Space is limited to 18 participants.