Archive for the 'Merchant Spotlights' Category

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Mirabella Miniatures, Fairfield, CT

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Lois welcomes you to Mirabella Miniatures

Lois of Mirabella Miniatures says, “There is magic in my miniature shop.” She has seen, first-hand, how miniatures can affect all the senses. She tells us you can see, touch, hear and even taste the magic from the moment you enter her shop.  She’s seen it in eyes filled with wonder when a child spots one of her cottages or dollhouses for the first time.  She’s touched it after she’s assured her customer that almost anything in real life can be found in miniature…and then puts her finger on exactly what they want.  She’s heard it when a little boy and his Dad exclaim over one of her garages or motorcycle or pet shops, or fishing cottages, only to realize they have a comfortable place in the land of miniatures too. And she has even tasted the magic in the form of a stray, salty tear hastily wiped away as one of her adult collectors’ shares how miniatures got them through a round of chemotherapy or radiation because they were able to lose themselves in the miniature world. Yes, miniatures are magic. (more…)

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Mini Temptations, Overland Park, KS

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Laura Way, owner of Mini Temptations, Overland Park, KS

Mini Temptations in Overland Park, Kansas was founded in 1977 by Ken and Virginia Spence. Originally it was a gift shop and eventually the shop evolved into a dollhouse miniature store. Mini Temptations is the only store in the Greater Kansas City Metro Area, and largest in a four state region, specializing in miniatures. You can imagine their customers’ disappointment when the Spences decided to retire and close the store in 2001. Many customers panicked when they found they would no longer have a place to buy the special items for their dollhouses or other miniature projects.

In 1994, Laura Way began her hobby in miniatures when her children gave her a dollhouse kit for Christmas. It was then she discovered Mini Temptations and quickly became a faithful customer. When she heard the Spences were going to retire, Laura thought it would be a great business opportunity to purchase the store. So after 17 years in the healthcare field, Laura decided it was time to change careers. With the support of her family, she made the drastic change from the stressful pace of healthcare to the enjoyable pleasure of making her hobby her career. Armed with the determination to be successful, Laura and her husband Dennis bought the business in January 2002. (more…)

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: The Doll House Shop, Richmond, VA

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Tom O'Dea, owner of The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA

Tom O’ Dea, owner of The Doll House Shop, started building doll houses when his daughter was four years old.  She’s grown now and no longer plays with dolls.  But Tom just keeps building doll houses. In 2001, for reasons known only to him, he decided to open a small business to build and sell doll houses. Maybe someone would want to buy them. Well…they did! Not just buy what he made, but give him specific designs and ideas for their dream dollhouses. Can you build this house? Sure. Can you put lights in it?  Sure.  What about running water? Sure. An elevator? Why not. Central air…now hold on just a minute!

Dollhouses at The Doll House Shop in Richmond, VA

From that concept evolved a full-fledged dollhouse operation in Richmond, VA. The shop includes construction studios as well as a complete supply of accessories, furniture and building supplies. Tom specializes in custom dollhouses and doll house repair, and can electrify your dollhouse to add yet another touch of distinctiveness to your keepsake. He takes enormous pride in creating his dollhouses and miniatures. Tom can even create a dollhouse that is a replica of your own home! (more…)

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Happily Ever After, Ashburn, VA

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Happily Ever After, Ashburn, VA

When you’re in the Northern Virginia area, make sure you visit Happily Ever After for all of your dollhouses, miniatures and dolls. They pride themselves in friendly, helpful service offering a wonderful collection of dollhouses and miniatures. Happily Ever After will repair, renovate and construct all types of dollhouses. From custom-built projects to a simple adapter-wiring job, they are always happy to help their customers. Their home decorating center allows customers to completely coordinate their wallpapers, floorings, and interior trims. Being able to see and coordinate all the items together creates their perfect interior design. The staff at Happily Ever After takes pride in their ability to guide their customers to their ultimate goals. Sometimes, with the availability of their varied styles of furnishings and accessories, they are able to “stage” their customers’ ideas and offer insight into their dream dollhouse. (more…)

Who is your favorite?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Here I am beating the bushes again for my next merchant to spotlight.  As you can see from the Merchant Spotlight archives on our website, there are many wonderful dollhouse and miniature shops out there and many of you have a shop in your area that you like to deal with.  How about telling me who your favorite dollhouse and miniature merchant is and why they’re so special?  What makes them your favorite Real Good Toys dealer?  Is it their extensive inventory?  Is it the customer service they offer?  Maybe you attended a fabulous class they offered.  I will contact your favorite merchant and see if they would like to submit information and pictures for our next spotlight for our website and newsletter.  Say something nice about your favorite shop and I will put your testimonial in the spotlight narrative.  What a way for shops to advertise!  Being featured in our Merchant Spotlight is a great way for shops to reach thousands of existing and potential miniaturists.  So get busy everyone.  I’ll be waiting for you to tell me about your favorite.  Jodi

Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: My Dolls House Torrance, CA

Monday, January 4th, 2010

My Doll's House, Dollhouse & Miniature Shop, Torrance, CA

Real Good Toys Queen Anne dollhouse kit custom built by My Doll's House

Since 1990, My Doll’s House has been the premier miniature source for enthusiasts and hobbyists in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Marj and Roger

DeKoster built their first dollhouse for their eldest granddaughter. They found so much pleasure in their granddaughters’ delight that they decided to share their love of miniatures and building dollhouses by opening the store. Although Roger was legally blind, this did not deter them from their passion and dream of being in the dollhouse business. Giving a gift of a hand crafted, custom built heirloom dollhouse was all it took! Over the many years that they have been in business, Marj and Roger have become known as experts in building unique, heirloom quality dollhouses, which generations of families have come to treasure and enjoy. They have custom built over 500 Real Good Toys dollhouses, along with houses from other manufacturers. Every house they’ve built has been photographed and recorded in their many photo albums. Their customers love to pore over these albums getting ideas for their own dollhouse projects. Marj is known for her color expertise and talent in wallpapering the houses, and Roger, who passed away in January 2008, was known for his skill in hand-laid flooring and electrical hardwiring the dollhouses. Local artisans have sought them out over the years and many of them have supplied the store with one-of-a-kind pieces that give the dollhouses an added quality of uniqueness and value. Some Hollywood celebrities have commissioned Marj and Roger to build custom dollhouses for them. A lighthouse that they built was used in a high profile feature film.

My Doll's House, Real Good Toys Lighthouse and Keeper's House

My Doll's House extensive dollhouse and miniature products

Marj continues to run the store after Roger’s passing and she enthusiastically passes on her passion for dollhouses and miniatures to newcomers as well as her regular customers. One customer, who had not visited the store for 10 years, was very pleasantly surprised when Marj remembered him. He said, “Her experience and hospitality makes visiting the shop for supplies and advice worth the drive…”. Another customer says, “Marj is friendly and very helpful to all customers, from beginners to experienced, and is a dream to work with because of her knowledge, which is why I love to visit the shop”. Marj also occasionally brings in other experts who offer workshops on building, flooring, and stained glass.

Great service, quality products and extensive knowledge…My Doll’s House is truly a full service dollhouse and miniature shop.

To see the current workshop schedule and find out more about My Doll’s House extensive product line, don’t hesitate to drop by and visit Marj at the store when you are in Torrance or visit the store online at The store in Torrance is open 7 days, 9:00am – 4:30pm and by appointment.

My Doll's House workshops and classes

My Doll’s House

1218 El Prado, Suite 136

Torrance, CA 90501


Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: Dolls and Minis – Wellington OH

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dolls and Minis inventory

Dolls and Minis inventory

Discover a treasure trove of exquisite, hand-made porcelain dolls, along with an amazing selection of dollhouses and miniatures when you walk through the door at Dolls and Minis.  The store stocks over 3500 dollhouses, miniatures, collectibles, porcelain dolls, and supplies.  It is a real doll-making studio within a full line retail miniature shop.  The shop also stocks many hard to find, one of a kind items.

The proprietor, Dawn Reese, and her staff treat all of their customers the way they would like to be treated-with good, old fashioned customer service.  Dawn says, “Almost every day I learn something new about dolls and dollhouses, which lets me help every client have the very best dollhouse and miniature experience they can possibly have.”  Of course, help and advice are always free. (more…)

Quick links to Merchant Spotlights

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Many of our merchants, or retailers, have fascinating shops that carry huge selections of dollhouse kits, finished dollhouses and miniatures.  The proprietors are ultra miniaturists.  What better way to highlight their shops and all they have to offer than to put them in the “Spotlight”.  Here are quick links to each spotlight.

Chautauqua Miniatures, Mayville, NY

Lynlott Miniatures, Pittsburgh, PA

Just Miniature Scale, Greensburg, PA

Dollhouses, Trains & More, Novato, CA

Circus Circus, Pompton Plains, NJ

Once Upon A Time, Vienna, VA

Merchant Spotlight: Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures, Nashville, IN

Friday, October 30th, 2009

RGT4Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is located in the quaint town of Nashville, IN, which was established in 1872 and is known as The Art Colony of the Midwest.  The 1500 square foot shop is nestled among a variety of unique shops, playhouses, and restaurants housed in vintage buildings, former log cabins, and Victorian homes in the heart of picturesque Brown County, IN.  Have you ever wanted to own a real Victorian manor, general store or log cabin? Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures can easily help you build a miniature version. From dollhouse kits and furnishings to dolls and accessories, both nationally and locally made, you can create the place of your dreams.



Since 1992, Jeepers has been a full service dollhouse and miniature shop with products suitable for children as well as the serious collector.  The shop is one of the largest dollhouse miniature shops in the Midwest, carrying over 20,000 items.  More than 400 artisans are represented.  Their extensive inventory offers a variety of miniature items, ranging from raw materials and kits to finished dollhouses, dolls and accessories.  They also stock furniture, books, landscaping materials, electrical components, tools and accessories, which include handmade items from Indiana artisans.  Shoppers have the option of cash and carry, layaway, gift certificates and mail order.


Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures also offers workshops and classes.  Sessions cover many topics, including the ever popular electrical wiring.  Classes and workshops are scheduled throughout the year to help develop or improve miniaturists’ skills.  Call, stop by, or check out their online calendar.  Check back periodically as they add classes and workshops as the details are confirmed.


Cheryl Ufnowski, who owns the shop with her husband Vernon, finds that the business fulfills her passion for arts and crafts as well as her interest in interior and exterior design.  “Seasoned miniaturists love to shop here for our broad selection,” she says, “and novice miniaturists are comforted by our guidance and suggestions.”  Jeepers strives to expose families and individuals to one of the most beloved hobbies in the world, one that crosses gender and generation, and provides an avenue for families and couples to spend quality time together while creating a family heirloom.


RGT6If you’re planning a visit to Indiana, or just traveling through, Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is a landmark stop you won’t want to miss.  The shop is located at 45 South Jefferson Street in Nashville, Indiana 47448.  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week (closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).  Can’t make it to the store?  Visit them online at their recently revised website,, where you can find a huge variety of commercially and handmade items that they have in stock. Prepare to be enchanted.  You’ll discover, experience and share the magic of dollhouses and miniatures at Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures.


Jeepers Dollhouse Miniatures is a proud supporting member of NAME (National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts) and the DMMA (Dollhouse Miniatures Merchant Association).

Merchant Spotlight: Once Upon a Time, Vienna, VA

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

picture12RGTOnce Upon a Time is a place where you can step back into your childhood, to a time when things were more simple. It’s a place where you can meet new friends, and connect with old ones. Most importantly, this store is a place where you are reminded that you’re never too old to have fun. Once Upon a Time has been in business for 28 years. The building has undergone lots of changes to become what it is today. Once Upon a Time has retained much of the charm of the old building while adding new character of its’ own.  As the business has grown, it has expanded into all the buildings’ nooks and crannies. The former garage area now features a village of finished dollhouses and a vast array of miniatures. (more…)