Shop Talk: What is the Springy’s Seal of Approval?


Welcome to Shop Talk, a Springy’s blog segment where we’ll be exploring our mechanically inclined roots by discussing the nuts and bolts of product quality. In 1957, Springy’s was founded by a couple of local guys with an unwavering sense of loyalty for providing quality for their customers. 55 years later, we still only retail strollers, furniture, toys and car seats that we can proudly associate with our seal of approval – And we think that’s something to celebrate!

For those of you may not know me, I’m Ellery Hough, Springy’s co-owner and mechanical enthusiast. That means that I care most about testing and evaluating the strength, durability and quality of the products we carry so that our customers enjoy their purchases from us for years to come. Here’s what I’ll be blogging about in Shop Talk:

In the Shop, Knowledge Is Power
In some of my blog posts, I’ll talk about how you can learn a few ways to spot good quality gear for your family. I’m a pretty young guy, but I’d argue that I’ve been doing this for a long time. In fact, I started working at Springy’s as a mechanic for tot gear with wheels when I was a teenager. With all this experience, I can spot a quality stroller wheel that is suitable for off-roading in the snow a mile away. I instruct our team on the finer points of pinpointing the marks of quality in our products and also how to recognize when a product doesn’t mean our in-store standards. This means that when you come in to Springy’s to shop for a big ticket item for your family, we’re ready to share what we know about the inner workings of our products, so that you can make an informed decision – and when it comes to purchasing important gear for your new family, knowledge is power.

In the Shop, We Can Fix It
Sometimes, tot gear can experience wear and tear. But, that shouldn’t mean you need to toss it! When it comes to anything with wheels like strollers, wagons or tricycles, we at Springy’s are a knowledgeable team that offers a hands-on approach to fixing and repairing. Even if it’s not originally from our store, you can bring your wee one’s wheels in to our Barton Street location shop for a tune-up! My brother Anthony has been the shop mechanic at Springy’s for 25 years and his passion for it shows (you’ll know what I mean if you’ve ever met him;)

Other times, tot gear requires “some assembly.” We’re here to help with services like nursery set up and delivery. In Shop Talk, we’ll cover some tips for taking good care of your family’s gear, and discuss some common sticklers when trying to assemble new items for your kids that are important at so many stages of parenthood.

In the Shop, We’ll Test The Goods
Over the years, Springy’s has grown from a single store on Barton Street, to an additional store location on Upper James. While we’ve grown in size, we’ve kept with our passion for providing the highest quality products and excellent customer service. When new products come on to the market, we’ll be first in line to test their mechanical parts to see if they can be given the Springy’s Seal of Approval on our blog.…

Journey of a Lifetime


Since opening our doors of the first store on Barton Street in 1957, Springy’s has been a local name synonymous with quality family gear and neighbourly service. From our beginnings as a sporting goods and bicycle store, to our current reputable name as “THE” place for new parents to find the best products to suit their lifestyle, we’ve always known that our success is in part of our supportive community.

Today, our community extends beyond Barton Street, and even further than our Tot Shoppe location on Upper James. And we’ve even helped young families across the country by connecting online!

55 years into the game, we still want to be known as the only locally owned children’s store that goes above and beyond for our customers by catering to your lifestyle with on-site repairs and tune-ups for strollers, ride-on toys and bikes. We still provide free car seat installation and local nursery set up. We also ship for free across Canada! We’ve differentiated ourselves from other stores in the market with our generous loyalty points program and a gift registry.

Thank you to all the families we’ve helped over the years on their journey of a lifetime:

Thank you to the expecting parents who look to us to secure their car seat before their little one arrives. Thanks to the mom of four who brought her stroller in for a last tune up before it’s last round of strolls to the park. Thanks to the grandparents who’ll be surprising their grandkids with wooden blocks and tricycles under the tree this holiday season. And thanks to our loyal team who come in with a smile everyday, are excited to learn and share this knowledge with our wonderful customers.…