In 1972, Tami Jarecki realized her dream of opening a toy store that specialized in keeping children’s minds active. For over 40 years now, the Gingerbread House has been providing children with toys that are both fun and educational. Over the years, it’s been special for us to watch these kids grow up, knowing that we played a role in their overall development.
The new owners of the Gingerbread house are committed to making the same level of high quality items available to many future generations. In 2012, Kate Greene, Beki Greene and Nikki Hall, three sisters originally from Bloomington, purchased the Gingerbread House. They have kept true to the philosophy of selling toys that are not only fun, but help nurture children’s development. The sisters have also infused the Gingerbread House with their own twists and additions to the product selection and have refreshed the space, making the two buildings bright, fun and even more inviting for kids.
The Gingerbread House is also committed to our community. Please complete the attached document and return to us if you have an idea about how we can help support your local non-profit organization. Click here to download.
In November 2013, the Gingerbread House introduced the "12 Days of Giving," an annual holiday event in which 10% of retail sales on 12 different days will be earmarked for local non-profit organizations that support children in Central Illinois. Click h to download an application to participate in this great event! e r e
Gingerbread House Staff
From puzzles and games to dolls and toy trucks, we’re eager to help you find the right items that are sure to make playtime more enjoyable in addition to aiding in child growth. Meet our Gingerbread House staff, who are always happy to help in any way we can.
When she’s not helping families at the Gingerbread House, she enjoys doing things with her own family. Lori has three wonderful kids and loves attending their sporting events with them.
When Jennifer isn't playing with kids at the Gingerbread House, she's studying how to teach them at Illinois State University. She is studying Elementary Education and in her free time volunteers with kids at her church. Whether it's time to play or time to learn, Jennifer knows what toys and gadgets are the best to use.
Growing up in Bloomington Normal, the Gingerbread House has been a fond part of her childhood. Apart from working at the Gingerbread House, she attends Heartland Community College and volunteers her time teaching kids with special needs.
Dani is one of seven children and is therefore keenly aware of what a kid wants during playtime. She is currently a student at University High School and plans toconcentrate her studies in Communications next year in college.
When not studying for her Early Childhood Development classes at Illinois State, Leah is either baby sitting or selling toys at the Gingerbread House. She knows the science behind how a toy can support and nurture the optimal growth of a child and she is available to help you pick out the perfect toy.