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The Advantages of Buying from Locally Owned Businesses

September 20th, 2012 by

Play N' Learn has been locally owned and operated since 1986.Here at Play N’ Learn, we’re full supporters of the “buy locally” movement sweeping the country. We’re a locally-owned company that’s been in business since 1986, so we’re naturally inclined to support other local and small business like us.

But our bias is well-founded—there are plenty of great reasons to buy locally. Read on for some advantages of supporting local businesses.

1. Good, friendly service

Because local businesses usually deal in specialties rather than general needs, their employees are well versed in that subject and have a good understanding of the product. In addition to providing you detailed answers to your questions, they’ll be able to take the time to get to know you and your needs as a customer.

2. Have your service issues handled at home

Have you ever had to send something away to have it fixed? Once you factor in the trips to the post office, shipping costs, and the time you go without the item, it can be a very inconvenient process. But when you buy locally, you also have local service. That means when something breaks or needs a tune up, your shop owner will be right there to handle it, or find someone who can.

3. Invest in your community

Because locally owned businesses are owned by and hire from people within the community, they have a higher investment in making sure your neighborhood flourishes. Local businesses are more likely to be involved in community organizations like schools, sports teams, and non-profits that directly affect your neighborhood and family, because it’s also where they live.

4. Green friendly

Small and local businesses often buy within the community, meaning there’s less transportation of goods and use of fuel. Also, most businesses are in a town center as opposed to on the outskirts of town, which makes your travel to a centralized hub and cuts down on sprawl and destruction of habitats on the edges of town.

5. Keep your community interesting

What’s worse than strip mall upon strip mall of chain stores? Supporting local businesses means you’ll be supporting many small shops that specialize in what your neighborhood really wants, whether it’s specialty restaurants, outdoor gear, book stores, vintage boutiques, and more. Because the success of each business is truly based on how much the community uses it (and not how much a national chain invests in it), you’ll be shaping the identity of your neighborhood. Plus, people are more likely to settle down in an area that has a distinct local atmosphere—and who doesn’t like an interesting place to live?

These are just a few of the benefits of buying locally. Here at Play N’ Learn we embrace the idea of local thinking and focusing on our community here in Maryland and Virginia. To experience the local difference first hand, stop by one of our stores to check out one of our many playsets, trampolines, basketball goals, and other cool stuff.

Have Your Child’s Birthday Party with Play N’ Learn

March 22nd, 2012 by

Have your child's birthday party at Play N' Learn!If you’ve been following along with the Play N’ Learn blog, then you’re probably at least a little bit familiar with the many exciting products we have to offer, ranging from playsets to trampolines to basketball hoops. And though the best way to enjoy our services is still to get something for your home and family, there’s now another option!

At our revamped showroom in Columbia, Maryland, you can now host a birthday party for your child, where he or she and friends can slide and climb on the finest playsets, bounce on our super safe trampolines, and shoot hoops at our indoor basketball court. Afterwards, head to the party room for cake and pizza or whatever other party foods your child could want.

There are a number of obvious advantages to having a party in our showroom. First off, it gets the kids out of your home and into a place where you don’t need to worry about cleanup, providing games, or space. And in our safe and family-friendly showroom, the party will never be at a shortage of things to do—in fact, it’s more likely that there won’t be enough time to enjoy everything!

In that case, you can always come back for one of our Free Play Days. Free Play Days are Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm in both our Columbia and Chantilly, Virginia showrooms. And Chantilly also has Free Play on Mondays from 10 am to 1 pm. If you can’t make it during one of these times, you can always head to Columbia during any business hours and play for $6 per child during the week and $8.00 per child on weekends and school holidays (seasonally). That low price gets your child two hours of unlimited play—cheaper than a movie and much cheaper than, say, an amusement park ticket, for the same amount of time. Open play rates and times vary and can change without notice. Please visit our website for up-to-date information

Some more details about birthday parties: they start at $219 for a weekday party and $269 for a weekend party, and up to 18 children can participate. Parties last two hours.

We understand how hard it is to plan a party for more than a dozen kids, so let us take that pressure off your hands. Just bring the kids, the enthusiasm and the presents, and we’ll provide the rest!

Welcome to Play N’ Learn’s Backyard Fun Blog!

January 13th, 2012 by

Welcome to the new and improved Play N’ Learn Backyard Fun Blog!

While the design of the blog may not be new, get ready for all kinds of new fun from Play N’ Learn’s Playground Superstores. We’re going to be blogging about all kinds of helpful topics, including the benefits of play, alternative activities to TV and the computer, and all sorts of tips for keeping your family happy and active.

We’ve even added new features to our blog, like Share buttons, to make it easier than ever to share our posts with others.

Whether you own a playset or not, be sure to check the Backyard Fun Blog each week or like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to get reminders about our blog posts there.

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