Nicole Doucet: Owner, The Toy Hutch

Nicole (Nicki) had the idea for The Toy Hutch after she recognized as a parent that Edmonton was lacking affordable and unique entertainment options for families to enjoy together. After purchasing an inflatable bouncer as a toy for her children to use at home, Nicki got the idea that having many of these inflatables in a large facility would be beneficial to the community, as families could come and enjoy themselves with other families. When thinking of a name for the potential new business Nicki used the inspiration of her first son’s name Hutch and called it The Toy Hutch.

Inflatable toy structures were the core behind the business, but Nicki still felt that more was needed.  Nicki went on a search for play equipment and determined that a large play structure for older kids, and a smaller structure for younger kids was the way to go! Now families with children of all ages could attend the Toy Hutch and enjoy themselves.

In addition, Nicki realized that there was a need for healthy food and beverage options for the visiting families and thus opened up a healthy options café. The Healthy Options Café is nut -free, focuses on not only healthy foods such as paninis, fruit and veggies, but also makes the food fun and exciting for the kids!

The Toy Hutch opened on October 1, 2012 at 17213 107 Avenue, turning an industrial warehouse in a family fun adventure. On January 30, 2013 The Toy Hutch was featured on Breakfast Television and was on the front cover of the May-June edition of Edmonton’s Child Magazine.

Through her leadership and innovation Nicki has brought Edmonton families affordable and unique options for family entertainment.  The idea began with a simple toy that she had bought for her child and has turned into one of Edmonton’s greatest places to take children for exercise and play.

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