A new Dublin business is kicking off its opening celebration by partnering with its neighbor.

Dublin Toy Emporium, 28 N. High St., is working with the nearby Terra Gallery at 36 N. High St. to offer art classes for kids and parents.

Dublin resident Enas Lanham opened her toy store March 10 and partners with Terra to offer art classes for kids and moms.

As a mother of two, Lanham said she remembers letting her children -- Aubrey and Eden, now 16 and 14, respectively -- paint and make a mess in her house. Now she offers up her store for similar creative pursuits.

"They can come here and make a mess," she said. "I'm fine with it."

Eileen Asher, gallery manager at Terra, said accessing a new customer demographic via the partnership with Lanham is nice. She said she also enjoys working with the children at the toy store.

Another class lets parents and care-givers take art classes at Terra while their children do their own art activities at the toy store, Asher said.

"The parents get a little break while still knowing their kids are safe next door," she said.

Lanham said she was excited when she saw commercial space in Dublin's historic district was available.

The walkability of the area was important, she said, and the historic district has the feel of an old neighborhood.

Lanham said she thought Dublin needed a local toy store, so she drew on her experience.

Lanhan had worked at toy stores, but she also taught kindergarten at a school in Worthington for about five years. She also spent more than 10 years teaching children and teens to dance and organizes choreography for the Dublin Community Recreation Center's Abbey Theatre summer musical. Through this experience, Lanham said, she was able to learn what children need developmentally. Learning through play is important, she said.

Whereas quality and varying price points are important for toys, so, too, is simple fun, Lanham said. And the large back room in her new space seemed the perfect spot for classes.

"I feel like kids need to do art and music and move," Lanham said.

In addition to the arts classes held with Terra, Lanham also offers a mom and baby yoga classic for kids as young as 6 weeks old to those that aren't crawling yet.

She also offers music classes with instruments, bubbles and dancing for children ages 1 through 5.

More information can be found at www.dublintoyemporium.wordpress.com.

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