D. A. Featherling reads aloud to children at All Things Kids

Local toy store and author team up to keep Georgetown young at heart

All Things Kids, the bright and cheerful toy store (and more) on the Georgetown Square, is a veritable treasure chest of fun for children of all ages to discover. Owners Karen and Christian Soeffker have filled the inviting space with an engaging selection of high-quality toys from all over the United States and Europe. Their motto is “battery-free toys,” and they work hard to select items that require kids to use their imaginations. Adults are also delighted to discover old favorites with retro toys like Rubik’s Cube and Etch A Sketch.

Karen and Christian believe in cross-promoting with other Georgetown businesses. One way they achieve this goal is to carry a local writer’s books on their shelves. Alongside the many Caldecott Award-winning books for young and young-at-heart readers, All Things Kids features the first two installments of the Time Game series by Georgetown author D. A. (Dorothy) Featherling. The Time Game is the story of the Willoughby twins, who find in an attic a dusty old game that changes their lives forever. Swept to other times and places, Marcus and Samantha encounter more adventures than they ever dreamed. They must traverse time and space and survive unexpected dangers to get back home.

Dorothy is writing a new installment for each space on the story’s game board. The third installment, The Lost City of Acara: The Third Token, is her latest title. The author explains that she became inspired to write a series for young readers to leave a legacy for her 13-year old grandson. “I wanted to write a clean, exciting adventure for kids,” she says. “It was also important to me to include a faith element in the book since the Lord inspires me to write and gives me all my ideas.” Dorothy’s books fit in well with the other uplifting selections at All Things Kids.

Besides selling Dorothy’s children’s series, the Soeffkers find other clever ways to support other local businesses. The popular Beth Marie’s Ice Cream Parlor in the back of All Things Kids offers themed ice cream flavors based on Sweet Lemon Inn, Rentsch Brewery, Mesquite Creek Outfitters, and other local establishments. Those businesses, in turn, post All Things Kids flyers and advertising in their stores.

During a recent Market Day, Karen and Christian hosted a book signing for Dorothy, and they’re working on an ice cream creation to complement the books. Dorothy and the Soeffkers also have plans to manufacture a real-world board game to replicate the one featured in the stories.

Dorothy always tests her newest books on beta readers before publishing them. Karen and Christian’s twelve-year old son, Carl, is one of those lucky testers, and he gives it a thumb’s up. “I love her latest book,” he says. “It’s really good!”

Karen explains All Things Kids’ business philosophy: “You have to give people a real experience and a reason to hang out and then want to come back again and again!” With plenty of yummy things to eat, tons of clever toys, and great reads by authors local and national, the store is becoming a favorite spot on the square for kids and their parents.

All Things Kids
703 S Main St, Georgetown, TX 78626

Learn more about D. A. Featherling’s writing at www.dafeatherling.com and www.facebook.com/D.A.Featherling.

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