Toy Store Launches Website, Sees Big Holiday Turnout Amid Pandemic

Nov 30, 2020, 11:35 PM | Updated: 11:40 pm

LEHI, Utah – A toy store in Lehi has a website up for the first time this Cyber Monday. Still, most customers are sticking with the brick and mortar store which is seeing its best year yet despite the pandemic.

“We’ve got a lot of things to offer shoppers,” said Wes Gardner, owner of Teton Toys. “Big online retailers are doing really well in this pandemic. I’m here to tell you we’re doing really well.”

Success has come despite a rough Spring. Like so many other businesses, Teton Toys closed its doors at the start of the pandemic.

“In March, everything kind of came crashing down… very quickly,” he said.

For nearly two months, customers were shut out, forcing Gardner to do something he had not done. He started a website to sell his toy inventory online.

“We built the website in response to what was at the time catastrophic,” he said.

The website had a slow start. But it was just enough to offset some of the damage from the pandemic. But it didn’t matter that the website wasn’t getting a lot of traffic because when Gardner opened his shop’s doors seven weeks later, customers flocked back inside.

“I can tell you we’re busier than we’ve ever been,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Gardner said shoppers came in to buy Legos, board games and models. He attributed it in part to people being “stuck at home.”

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed, Gardner is optimistic about what the rest of the holiday season holds.

“There’s no reason for me to think this trend won’t continue right through Christmas,” he said.

But, if by chance something were to interrupt the in-store shopping experience, Gardner is more prepared with an online shopping option.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 09: A pharmacist prepares to administer  COVID-19 vaccine booster sho...
Jed Boal

University Health recommends getting omicron booster and flu shot now

The CDC approved the COVID-19 bivalent boosters that target the most recent omicron variants on September 1. Since then, tens of thousands of Utahns have rolled up their sleeves.
6 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
Jed Boal

Despite reaching 5,000 deaths, Utah’s COVID-19 numbers are down

The director of the World Health Organization said yesterday about COVID-19, “the end is in sight,” even if we are not there yet.
17 days ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

WHO: COVID end ‘in sight,’ deaths at lowest since March 2020

The head of the World Health Organization says the number of coronavirus deaths last week was the lowest reported number in the pandemic since March 2020, marking what could be a turning point in the years-long global outbreak.
17 days ago
A school classroom with chairs and desks...
Brooke Williams

Project to provide air purifiers in Utah K-12 classrooms

Cleaner air improves student performance, decreases COVID transmission and school absenteeism. New project provides air purifiers for classrooms in Utah.
18 days ago
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 08: People walk by a closed store at a neighborhood designated as a medium-r...
Laura He, CNN Business

Zero- COVID-19 at what price? Chinese researchers are treading on sensitive ground

Authorities in Shanghai have denied a report by a leading Chinese real estate research firm that claimed more than a third of shops in a major mall had been shuttered because of strict COVID-19 curbs.
20 days ago
FILE: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 (left) and Moderna COVID-19 (right) vaccines are seen at a vaccinati...
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writer

Is COVID-19 winding down? Scientists say no

New booster shots have arrived and social distancing guidelines have eased but COVID-19 infections aren't going away anytime soon. Experts predict the scourge that's already lasted longer than the 1918 flu pandemic will linger far into the future as the virus continues to cause deaths and may well mutate or evolve into a new disease.
24 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
Toy Store Launches Website, Sees Big Holiday Turnout Amid Pandemic