I’m so excited to share this episode with you, Katherine Nguyen, the owner of Building Blocks Toys, which has three locations in Chicago: 3306 N Lincoln Ave, 2130 W Division St, and 2071 N Clybourn. Katherine and Building Blocks is actually one of the reasons I decided to create this podcast… for a few reasons. One is that I just love her store, and I saw how much of a struggle last spring was when only big box stores were allowed to be open, and I thought about how sad I would be if Building Blocks didn’t make it through the rough patch of the pandemic. Also, Katherine is a prominent member of a moms in business Facebook group that we are both members of and I wanted to find a way to say thanks for her contributions there. And finally, I’ve just always been curious about the story behind her business… because toys are just fun!

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In Katherine Nguyen’s Interview we discuss:

  • Entrepreneurial endeavors as a child and young adult
  • The beginnings of Building Blocks 24 years ago and why she chose toys
  • Competing with big box stores and what keeps her going
  • Choosing store locations and the move from her original spot near Lincoln Park Zoo to where their store currently is at Lincoln & School
  • What this past year has been like and what helped her survive
  • Giving back to the community by supporting small businesses
  • The services that Building Blocks offers that big box stores don’t

Katherine’s nominations:

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