Quietly nestled in the corner of the Blakeney Shopping Center is one of the most charming little toys stores filled with the most amazing treasures. Do you know which one I am talking about? I know you do, it is called Brilliant Sky. And it is indeed, BRILLIANT. Immediately, as you walk through the doors you are welcomed by the friendliest staff. Smiles for miles is what I call them. How can you not be happy being surrounded by all those amazing toys? Let’s chat a minute about these toys…. the selection is fantastic. To narrow the choice to one toy is almost impossible. I have toys picked out for every special occasion up the age of 10 for my boys, mind you they are only 4 – yes, that is how awesome the toy selection is! Brilliant Sky is locally owned by two amazing women, Nancy Brislin and Susan Phillips.
Nancy Brislin has been with Brilliant Sky (Blakeney) since its doors opened in 2008. As you enter the store, she takes an interest in getting to know you. I was lucky enough to have Nancy give me a personal tour and teach me about all the different toys. I was amazed at her knowledge. I was certain she had a degree in education – nope, this just comes natural to her. She is that special (in the pink and green world we call her SMARTY!) She told me her goal is to “provide the highest level of customer service and ensure every customer has a good experience shopping at Brilliant Sky.” I have to say she has exceeded her goal. Nancy has called the Charlotte area home for the past 25 years (Charlotte is lucky to have her ☺ ) She and her husband Neal have three daughters and three very spoiled dogs.
Susan Phillips joined Brilliant Sky (Blakeney) as an owner in 2014. She is the one with the most beautiful smile when walk through the door. There is nothing Susan can’t do. There is nothing Susan can’t help you with. She is the perfect addition to any toy store. She is creative, has an ability to put together anything, and loves, loves, loves toys. Her enthusiasm is contagious. She told me that when she is “not sure something is a winner she can always count on her son, Jett, to consult as an expert…!” Susan has made Charlotte her home for 14 years with her husband JB, their boys and an adorable Beagle named Bug and a lovely black lab named Delilah.
These two amazing women are quite a team. You should stop by and meet them. I promise you will not be disappointed. Brilliant Sky is SUPER Smarty!! Nancy and Susan are SUPER SMARTY! Since the beginning, they have had a ball watching their customers grow from being rocked in the store’s rocking chair to zipping around on the Flying Turtle. They feel honored to have “played a role in the lives of people in this community by providing fun, developmentally appropriate toys, puzzles, games and books”.
I absolutely adore visiting this store. I re-live my childhood every time. It is MAGICAL!!!
Smarty Giveaway: Two (2) Smarties win a Brilliant Sky Holiday Bundle
Smarties, I have a treat for you!!!!!!! Nancy and Susan have put together a giveaway prize for the holiday. They are so amazing that they are giving two of our lucky Smarties a grab bag of toys. Handpicked by their expertise.
The Girl Giveaway includes: A Build your own Fairy Tree Kit, A Mermaid Blanket Tail and A Bedtime Stories Book.
The Boys Giveaway includes: A Shark Blanket Tail, Magnectic Mix and Match Vehicle Set, and a Bedtime Stories Book.
Each one is valued at $70-80
*This is giveaway is for one of the grab-bag of toys. One winner for the girl giveaway, one winner for the boy giveaway.
This giveaway is coming in hot – we’ll announce this Thursday, December 22 – just in time to help Santa!