Fun For All!
I got this toy from a joke/toy store from a beach near my hometown. The store is called “Fun For All!”, and I thought of the store upon reading the Dickinson Starbucks essay. Fun For All! is not just a store, it is a destination and an experience in itself. Going there is always a staple of our beach vacations. The store carries gag gifts, practical joke goods, as well as vintage toys, candies, etc. The store symbolically represents youth, and creates a youthful excitement for those who go there. There are toys hanging and swinging from the walls, it is very colorful, and a very happy place. Similar to how Starbucks creates a naturalistic atmosphere, I think Fun For All! creates a symbolic atmosphere of childhood, happiness, and comfort which keeps tourists coming back year after year. I thought this toy was a good anecdote in relation to the store; upon being stressed, you just have to squeeze a fun toy, and your stress diminishes. It, like the store, embodies a childhood idealism, showing that pain is only temporary. At Fun For All!, toys and a youthful environmental engagement is the cure for all stress.