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  • January 14, 2015 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    Our First Holiday as Bannor Toys

    Ha! I googled our company the other day and this photo came up, and boy did it make me giddy with memories!  This is from our first Christmas making toys, the local Des Moines Register came to our house to...

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  • May 20, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    Our Last Name

    It seems like every other small toy company has a catchy name that has something to do with trees or nature.  As we work through our third year as a company I have begun to reflect on why we ended...

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  • May 17, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor


    We often get asked what kind of stain we use, and the answer is we don't!  We use Maple, Cherry, and Walnut woods.  Each has its own distinct characteristics and natural beauty.  The organic beeswax and flaxseed oil mixture we...

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  • April 16, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor


    So interesting. I had a friend over to the house the other day and after showing them Eli's nursery, they asked why we had toys from other wooden toy makers on his shelf and not just our toys.  It really...

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  • April 3, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    Shop Life

    Here are a few shots from the shop!  Its about 6 blocks from our house, so we generally just walk down there.  And the office is more of a living room for the kids... :)  

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  • March 28, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    New Toys!

    Jesse has been hard at work coming up with new concepts and I was in the shop late last night working on ideas that have been floating around for a while.  Its nice to see some of these new ideas...

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  • March 26, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    What are we doing?!

    See this wonderfully looking picture???     What you don't see is that Eli is screaming at the top of his lungs and his face is turning red because he is over tired and won't sleep.  Ethan is sitting off to the...

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  • February 20, 2014 Jesse and Stacey Bannor

    Welcome Eli David!

    We have been busy the past week welcoming Eli into our family!  Eli David Bannor was born on February 13th and has since captured our hearts. Born February 13th, 8:24pm, 6lbs 13oz, 19" long!  We are back home now and getting...

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