We’re Justin and Kathleen – fun-loving parents and nature lovers raising our three little ones in rural southwestern Minnesota. Not long after the birth of our first child in 2010, we began playing around with the notion of making and selling handmade wooden toys. It turns out people liked what we were creating, and that tiny seed of an idea quickly sprouted into Smiling Tree Toys.
Fast forward five years, and today we’re happy parents, creatives, and business owners making toys for a living. From raw lumber to the finished product, we’re involved in each and every process of turning one of nature’s most incredible resources into beautiful, safe, and all natural keepsake wooden toys. And we do it all in our family’s small wood shop – a classic, picturesque red barn we’ve converted into a bright and spacious work space. What once was a deserted old dairy barn now teems with daily woodworking tasks, dance music, and the pitter-patter of little feet. We like to say we work hard to play harder, but most days don’t feel like work at all – we get to make toys for a living!
For MiNNBOX Smiling Tree Toys will be using cloth bags to wrap their products, rather than plastic.