Our Story

 

Our journey to today's store began back in 1965 in Ontario. Grandparents, Louise and Kees Kool, who had emigrated from Holland, wanted to provide better quality toys and learning materials for their grandchildren. So began our journey in retail. From that sunroom in High Park Toronto to our current 6400 square foot store in Nanaimo BC has been an incredible journey. Progress is always accompanied by change and we have indeed changed over the years. Louise Kool & Son Ltd. was a school catalogue supply house selling across Canada. Morris Kool made yearly trips across the country with a truckload of merchandise to attend teacher displays in every western province. Many of our customers today remember Morris from those trips.

 

With the death of his father Kees in 1979, Morris fulfilled a long held dream to move to the west coast, so the business was sold. He represented the old company for five years as a sales rep and then left to form his own wholesale company, offering quality educational lines to Canadian toy stores. That company J & M Kool Ltd. was based in Vancouver, but with the return of daughter Carolyn to Vancouver Island in 1993 and his own migration over to Nanaimo, the wholesale company became a retail store and thus Kool & Child was born. From 1200 square feet on Portsmouth Road to our current location 20 years later on Bowen Road in Nanaimo, we have grown from no staff to 11 people today.

 

Our staff is very knowledgeable in the education field, with backgrounds in early childhood education and the toy industry. We carry over 20,000 products in store, each item carefully chosen to provide the best play value. Quality fun toys that encourage creativity, challenge thinking and develop imagination. We stand behind our selections.