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by Kathie Bowen

Atlantic News, October 1, 1998

HAMPTON — Colorful bins of lizards and snakes, cuddly Tele-Tubbies, a wooden train corner and hideaway mirrors make downtown Hampton’s new Funny Bones Toys the perfect place to while away a few minutes in simple exploration.

And exploration — of science in particular, and of learning in general — is Funny Bones Toys unofficial philosophy, according to David Schwab.

“We offer a sprinkling of science and nature and fun,” Schwab explains.

Schwab, along with his wife, Rose, are the owners of the new toy store, whose grand opening on Saturday, brought bright colors and smiling faces to downtown Hampton, a trend that’s sure to continue.

David was manager for 14 years at the Science and Nature Center at Seabrook Station and has worked with a lot of schools and teachers over the years.

Of his decision to move from the Center into retail, David says, “It has always been my dream to open up some type of retail store. Toys have always been fun. I’m a kid at heart and I’ve always dabbled in science and nature.”

Funny Bones Toys is sure to attract a lot of attention. The Hampton area has long needed a toy store that offers a selection of high quality, educational — yet fun — toys.

“People are saying [to me] ‘I don’t have to go to the mall now. I’m so happy you’re in town,'” David said of the reaction he’s getting from people stopping by to browse.

And there’s enough browsing for everyone, young and old. It’s a place for “the first and second childhood” in everyone. Customers will find a selection that ranges from cooking sets, play tool kits, Nickleodeon’s Blue’s Clues, National Geographic items, puzzles and old-time favorite games like Clue and Trivial Pursuit.

“I’ve been told that we have the largest Brewer Horse collection in the area,” David comments.

Prices at Funny Bones are reasonably priced, too. Parents visiting Bib n’ Crib and the Prep Shop with kids in town, will be glad to use Funny Bones as an after-shopping treat. There are many “penny” toy choices to choose from.

David Schwab and his wife are excited about their new endeavor. Saturday’s grand opening was a huge success, and David is sure that the success will continue.

“I have great faith in the town of Hampton. I think Hampton is being revitalized,” he says.

With quality shops like Funny Bones Toys moving in, that statement is sure to prove true.