Thanks to generous Elmhurst, Downers Grove and Hinsdale merchants, gift cards sold at My Favorite toy Store's Elmhurst and Downers Grove locations prior to the store's sudden closing last week are no longer worthless.
Families who had purchased the gift cards for loved ones were understandably upset when they discovered they could not get a refund or merchandise with the cards.
So, an idea was quickly hatched by some Elmhurst businesses to honor the cards in one form or another so families wouldn't be out the money. In just a matter of days, businesses from Downers Grove, and even Hinsdale, jumped on board to honor the cards.
If you have a My Favorite Toy Store gift card, whether it came from the Elmhurst or Downers Grove store, here are the wide variety of offers that are now available to you:
From Elmhurst Businesses
A Book Above, 136 W. Vallette: This new bookstore will give 15 percent off each purchase, up to the total amount of the gift card. The card must be surrendered at the time of purchases and, in order to verify the value of the card, customers should bring a receipt or other proof of purchase. Here is all the information on A Book Above's Facebook page.
Goalie's Goodies, 116 S. York: Kids will get a treat in exchange for their gift cards at this nostalgic candy shop. Stop in for a free small bag of popcorn, any flavor, or movie-sized candy.
Patriot Boxing and Fitness, 645 Route 83: Both the Elmhurst and Downers Grove locations will offer services and punch cards for kids ages 12 and younger. Patriot will match the value of the gift card up to $100.
Elijah's Downtown Elmhurst Shop, 111 E. First St.: Get a medium hot chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie with your gift card.
Lifestyle Pilates, 118 E. Schiller St.: Use the gift certificate towards purchase of a kid/teen mat package or adult pilates private session package. Limit One coupon per person.
From a Hinsdale Business
Tigers and Tulips, 14 W First St., Hinsdale: (630) 455-4133: Owner Tiffany Shriver is accepting the gift cards for face value.
And From Downers Grove Businesses
University of Aesthetics and Cosmetology, 1037-1043 Curtiss St.: Turn in your My Favorite Toy Store Gift Card and get your choice of: free haircut, facial, manicure or pedicure. All services are performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed instructors.
Charlie & Grace, 937 Curtiss St.: They'll offer a one-time 10 percent off total purchase through Jan. 31 for any customers with unused My Favorite Toy Store gift cards. Just bring in the unused card at the time of purchase for verification. Customers can keep their gift card to use for other promotions in Downers Grove and Elmhurst.
Fair Game Store, 5147 Main St.: Fair Game will offer 15 percent off your entire purchase to anyone with a My Favorite Toy Store gift card, up to a maximum savings of the value of the card. The card must also be surrendered at that time.
Happy Dog Barkery, 5118 Main St.: You will get 50 percent off one dog toy, provided it does not exceed the value of the card. Only one discount per card, proof of purchase with dollar amount required and card must be surrendered at time of purchase. (For example, if the card is for $5 and the toy is $20, you will receive $5 off.
The Olive Tap, 5143 Mochel Drive: The Olive Tap will honor the cards by offering 10 percent off up to the total amount of the gift card. The card must be surrendered at the time of purchases and, in order to verify the value of the card, customers should bring a receipt or other proof of purchase.
Do you have a business accepting My Favorite Toy Store gift cards? Let us know in the comments.