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NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- FAO Schwarz, New York City's most iconic toy store and the oldest toy store in the U.S., is celebrating 160 years of toys and inspiring awe and discovery. At their flagship store at Rockefeller Center, FAO Schwarz will host a free, family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8 from 11am to 4pm to celebrate FAO Schwarz Day with the most epic birthday party. The celebration will take over Rockefeller Plaza and include live performances, sweet treats and a host of fun-filled activities!
Frederick August Otto Schwarz established the store to focus on unique, high quality toys - a legacy that lives on today. For the past 160 years, FAO Schwarz has been more than just a toy store, it has provided larger-than-life experiences for kids and kids-at-heart, with unparalleled creativity, fun and play. With its flagship location in Rockefeller Center, New York City, FAO Schwarz has become a global destination, enchanting generations of children from around the world, drawing acclaim for its assortment of premiere toys and one-of-a-kind experiences.
Recognizing the toy store's deep roots in New York City and its ongoing commitment to the people of New York - and the world - for bringing awe, wonder and happiness to children and the child inside all of us, the New York City Mayor's Office will issue an official Mayoral Proclamation naming Oct. 8 as FAO Schwarz Day. Having opened its first doors in New York in 1870, F.A.O. Schwarz has graced locations on Broadway, in Union Square, on 23rd Street, on 5th Avenue, and ultimately at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. FAO Schwarz is also one of the top tourist attractions in New York City.
"We are so excited to host generations of fans and celebrate this milestone with the most epic birthday party," said Jill Nordquist, Chief Marketing Officer at MerchSource/ThreeSixty Brands. "We're bringing together amazing entertainment and experiences to celebrate FAO Schwarz like never before, and create even more terrific memories at our legendary toy store!"
All are welcome to join the celebration, taking place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 from 11am to 4pm. Live performances will include Broadway Cares (featuring Suri Marrero, Analise Scarpaci, Jelani Remy and Jay Armstrong Johnson, with host Michael James Scott), American Ballet Theater, Emmy Award winner Alex Mitnik, Professor Atlas, Little Maestro's, Bubble Dad and the NYC Magician of the Year Silly Billy.
Arts and crafts activities will offer interactive experiences, including Twee Chalk Art with chalk artist Caryn Cast, Djeco mask making, Ooly birthday cards, Bright Stripes hair chalk, Candylabs build-you-own wooden race car, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting.
Food and treat stations will include Magnolia Bakery custom cupcakes, Van Leeuwen ice cream truck featuring FAO Schwirl Sundaes, cotton candy and popcorn. Other fun activities including the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile, FAO Toy Soldiers skating at Flipper's Roller Boogie Palace at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, Patrick and Penelope character appearances, ear piercing by Studex and photo ops!
Additionally, top toy brands will be offering limited edition commemorative toys including Funko, Hot Wheels, UNO, Schleich, Madame Alexander, Bunnies by the Bay, Ruby Red, Swarovski and more.
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FAO Schwarz is one of the oldest, most historic, and iconic toy brands in the world. Founded in 1862, Frederick August Otto Schwarz opened FAO Schwarz, a marvelous bountiful emporium full of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind toys from all over the world. FAO Schwarz has always been synonymous with quality and innovation, offering cherished memories for generations of adults and children alike. The fondness associated with FAO Schwarz is wrapped up in the theater of it all. It's more than just toys, it's the deep nostalgia for play that comes to life and is so often larger than it. A visit to FAO Schwarz means much more than a trip to a toy store!
D. E. Shaw & Co. In February 2004, investment firm D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., acquired the FAO Schwarz stores in New York and Las Vegas, as well as FAO Schwarz's catalog and internet business. The New York and Las Vegas stores were reopened on Thanksgiving Day 2004.
FAO Schwarz is an American toy brand and store. The company is known for its high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, interactive experiences, brand integrations, and games.
FAO Schwarz claims to be the oldest toy store in the United States, first opening its doors in 1862 in Baltimore before moving to New York City, where it has moved between several locations since 1870. The dance-on piano, made famous by the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, brought national attention to the brand. FAO filed for bankruptcy twice in 2003 before temporarily shuttering the Fifth Avenue store in January 2004. In May 2009, Toys "R" Us Inc. acquired FAO Schwarz, but in 2015, it permanently closed the Fifth Avenue store. The brand was then acquired by ThreeSixty Group, who opened the new FAO Schwarz store at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in November 2018. In 2019 locations in Chicago, Beijing, London and Dublin were opened.
The "FAO Schwarz" brandname and trademarks are owned by the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation and exclusively licensed to the ThreeSixty Group who own and operate the retail locations.
FAO Schwarz was founded in 1862 in Baltimore under the name "Toy Bazaar" by German immigrant Frederick August Otto Schwarz.
In 1870, Schwarz opened a New York City location known as the "Schwarz Toy Bazaar" at 765 Broadway, which moved to 42 E. 14th Street in Union Square in 1880 and operated at that location until April 28, 1897, when it took over two vacant store locations at 39 and 41 W. 23rd Street. That year, The New York Times declared Schwarz as "the largest dealer in toys in this city."
Beginning in November 1869, the Schwarz Toy Bazaar held an exhibition of toys that would be available for the Christmas season. In 1896, Schwarz proclaimed the store as the "Original Santa Claus Headquarters" in New York. The FAO Schwarz holiday catalog has been published annually since 1876.
In 1931, the New York City location moved to 745 Fifth Avenue, where it operated for 55 years. In 1963, FAO Schwarz was purchased by Parent's Magazine Enterprises. The terms of the deal read that it would license the name FAO Schwarz and continue using it for a maximum of five years before dropping the name, while still paying the Schwarz family a royalty on sales. However, the lease was renewed as the owners felt the name was too significant to lose. Part of the price of keeping the name was to keep the royalty agreement, and the Schwarz family set up a foundation to fund opportunities for young people to work in nonprofit with the income the royalties were making. Nine percent of the company remained in the hands of the Schwarz family. The company subsequently sold to W.R. Grace in 1970, and then to toy retailer Franz Carl Weber of Zurich, Switzerland, in 1974.
In 1985, Christiana Companies, a company based in San Diego, California, owned FAO Schwarz for one year. In 1986, Peter Harris, with the help of Philadelphian investment banker Peter Morse, bought the company under Morse Partners Ltd. and moved the toy store across 58th Street to the General Motors Building at 767 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street. FAO Schwarz was sold to Netherlands-based NV Koninklijke Bijenkorf Beheer (later renamed Royal Vendex/KBB NV) in 1990. Throughout the 1990s, new FAO Schwarz stores opened across the United States; by 2000, the company had 40 locations.
In 2001, the Calabasas-based toy retailer Right Start, Inc. purchased 23 of the 40 stores, including the Fifth Avenue flagship store, from Royal Vendex for somewhere between $50 to $60 million.
In 2002, Right Start Inc. changed its corporate name to FAO Inc. operating stores under The Right Start, Zany Brainy and FAO Schwarz names. On December 17, the company projected they would find bankruptcy if its bank did not relax borrowing restrictions. On January 13, 2003, FAO Inc. filed for bankruptcy, but emerged from it three months later in April. The company filed for bankruptcy a second time in December 2003. All 13 remaining FAO Schwarz locations closed in January 2004 as a result of the bankruptcy, with the flagship Fifth Avenue store expected to reopen in July of that year but the others closing permanently. The Fifth Avenue store reopened several months later than planned on Thanksgiving Day 2004, redesigned and renovated to accommodate a growing number of tourists, and the Las Vegas location at The Forum Shops at Caesars ultimately remained open until 2010.
In February 2004, investment firm D. E. Shaw & Co., L.P., acquired the FAO Schwarz stores in New York and Las Vegas, as well as FAO Schwarz's catalog and internet business. The New York and Las Vegas stores were reopened on Thanksgiving Day 2004. In November 2007, FAO Schwarz acquired premium children's clothing company Best & Co., which had plans to expand, but the company ceased business in 2009.
In May 2009, Toys "R" Us Inc. acquired FAO Schwarz. In 2009, Toys "R" Us subsequently put temporary FAO Schwarz boutiques in its U.S. Toys "R" Us stores for the holidays, and in October 2010, the concept was expanded into permanent boutiques in Toys "R" Us stores. In addition, FAO Schwarz-branded infant and toddler items are available in all of its Babies "R" Us stores nationwide. The company closed the Las Vegas location in January 2010, followed by its previous flagship New York store.
In October 2016, ThreeSixty Group, Inc. acquired FAO Schwarz from Toys ‘R’ Us, Inc.
The FAO Schwarz brand is currently the property of the descendants of the founder through the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation but is exclusively operated by ThreeSixty Group. In August 2018, ThreeSixty Group announced plans to open two new FAO Schwarz stores in New York. The one at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Rockefeller Center opened on November 16, 2018. Public transit access is available at 47-50 Streets Rockefeller Center Station. The second opened at LaGuardia Airport in December 2018.
In October 2018, FAO Schwarz pop-up stores opened at 90 Hudson's Bay Company stores across Canada, just ahead of the Christmas holiday season, to remain open through the holidays. In March 2019 a store opened at Chicago Midway Airport.
In November 2021 a store opened in Milan.
FAO Schwarz is known for its large assortment of plush animals and the Piano Dance Mat, a smaller replica of The Walking Piano featured in the Tom Hanks film Big. FAO Schwarz also features limited-quantity luxury items including a drivable, child-size automobile encrusted with over 40,000 crystals and valued at US$25,000.
In addition to its own line of products, FAO Schwarz carries brands including Steiff, the world's oldest German designer of stuffed animals; Melissa & Doug, a leading designer and manufacturer of educational toys; and Build-A-Bear Workshop, a make-your-own experience featuring a selection of exclusive FAO Schwarz stuffed animals and accessories, among other in-store retail partners.
When Kinectimals: Now with Bears! was released, the brand also released an exclusive teddy bear plush with a scan tag.
Through the years, the FAO Schwarz logo has had versions that included a teddy bear, toy blocks, a toy soldier, rocking horse and an animated clock tower. In 2010, the FAO Schwarz logo was redesigned in colors of red and silver. The new logo emphasized the initials of company founder, Frederick August Otto Schwarz. It also debuted a company mascot, Wit. In 2017, FAO Schwarz hired design studio, Mattson Creative, to rebrand the FAO Schwarz logo and packaging. Mattson Creative also created the store's reopening tagline and hashtag, "Return to Wonder".
The New York store was featured in the 1988 Tom Hanks film Big, in which Hanks and Robert Loggia danced "Heart & Soul" and "Chopsticks" on the store's large dance-on piano.
The store's interior was the inspiration for the fictional "Duncan's Toy Chest" featured in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
In 1995, the store was featured in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite in the final scene where main characters Lenny and Linda have a chance encounter. It is also featured in Baby Boom (1987) and Big Business (1988), among others.
In the 1999 remake of the musical film Annie, during the song "NYC", the characters Oliver Warbucks, Grace, and Annie join a crowd of people all admiring an impressive Christmas themed window display containing a sign that reads "F.A.O. Schwarz".
In the 2010 film Toy Story 3, when Buzz Lightyear is captured, Lots-o-Huggin' Bear unties him and indirectly references FAO Schwarz in a euphemism: "Oh F-A-O my Schwarz".
In 2011, the store was featured in The Smurfs during a chase scene. Scenes from the movie were shot over five nights in May 2011.
In the 2019 episode of The Simpsons, "Crystal Blue-Haired Persuasion", a healing crystal shop is named "FAO Quartz".
In the 2021 series Hawkeye, the climax of the battle between Kate Bishop and Wilson Fisk occurs in the 30 Rockefeller Plaza location. The actual name of the shop is obscured.