Devoney Wolfus, President/CEO Maya Muckelroy, Manager
Landis’ Labyrinth Toy Shop
919-E Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach | 310-374-4554 | landislabyrinth.blogspot.com
Landis’ Labyrinth is a small, eclectic toy shop that carries a variety of toys, gifts and jewelry for all ages—from household names to independent companies that share the owner Devoney Wolfus’ philosophy of having fun and staying young at heart. Devoney began working in retail when she was 9 years old in her mother’s general store, learning the values of small business and old-fashioned customer service. She opened her first toy shop four years ago and the Manhattan Beach shop in 2011.
What would you like kids and parents to know about your business?
“We want this to be a shop that you feel as comfortable in as you do in your own home. The people you meet working in the shop are the people who design the displays, help select the merchandise, talk to you over the phone and know your name. We have high standards of what merchandise we bring into the shop, because we want to carry things that we would buy for ourselves.”
How does your business make our community a better place for children?
“So much is now focused on the latest implements and upgrades, but we find that the toys that we remember from our own childhood are what excite both the kids and their parents. We select products that encourage patience, ingenuity and problem-solving, as well as socialization with friends and family.”
What does it take to be the best in the business?
“Variety and excellent customer service are what truly make us stand out. The people I work with are my friends, and that makes all the difference in the world.”
What’s most rewarding about your work?
“Seeing our young customers grow up before our eyes and watching them develop and achieve so much. It is a fascinating industry to be in. Even when the economy isn’t strong, people still place their children first, and knowing that we are in some way enriching their lives means a great deal to us.”
Do you support charitable organizations that help children?
“Some of the groups we work with are Sunshine Kids, Baby2Baby, The Alexandria House, Walk with Sally, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (which makes holiday donations to Toys for Tots), and school donations and fundraisers, but we are always open to working with new & different local charities and organizations.”