Meet our Magic Makers
Christine Osborne, aka “Queen Bee”, Owner of Wonder Works
With the uncanny ability to spot a craze and hot items before they even hit the shelves, Christine leads her team with a passion to provide children and families with the most magical toys that help develop social, mental and physical skills. Of course while inspiring fun, creativity and imagination! As the owner of Wonder Works, Christine has been an integral part of the Charleston community and toy industry for many, many years. She and Wonder Works toy stores have won countless awards and recognitions based on the business’ success, achievements and community involvement.Christine is devoted to supporting the talented children in the Charleston community and provides a platform for child entrepreneurs, child musicians and singers, child authors and children’s charities. “Wonder Works is truly a magical world and it has unveiled my true passion. One child can make a difference; it’s as simple as that. My mission is to empower these children and to help them find their voice and their passion so they can then inspire others. The ripple effect will be set into place and the magic will just unfold.”
Do you want to find your passion? Award winning business owner and philanthropist, Christine Osborne is available for speaking engagements including motivational, entrepreneurial, women, women in business, marketing and more.For all speaking and media inquiries, please contact Emily Trogdon at Emily@momentumresults.com or at (843) 377-8450.
Elizabeth “Schnookie” Royall, Operational Manager of Magic
Q: How long have you worked at Wonder Works and what is your favorite part about your job?
I have worked at Wonder Works since I was 15, so 12 years! It is hard to pin point my FAVORITE part of my job because there is so much to love—from going to the toy shows to pick out toys, to bonding with toy reps and vendors, to building life-long friendships with the staff. The most MAGICAL part of the job though, is watching how ALL of this contributes to creating magic for every customer that walks in the door. There is nothing like seeing a kid be a kid and a parent become a kid again (and we get to see that all the time!)
Q: What makes Wonder Works unique and why should someone visit the store?
Wonder Works is not just your ordinary toy store. We are a family, from the people that have never been in our store to the people that have shopped with us for 24 years. At Wonder Works you get to be yourself, and EVERYONE contributes to making Wonder Works such an awesome family to be a part of. You definitely don’t get that feeling just anywhere!
Q: What is your favorite:
Toy – I love the Spooner Board, because it is perfect for all ages and is great exercise!
Gadget – Boogie Board. It’s the modern day etch-a-sketch! I love it and it’s perfect for ANY age!
Book – Clay Rice’s The Lonely Shadow because I always loved chasing my shadow as a child. Clay is such a wonderful artist!
Q: Tell us one of your favorite customer stories.About a year ago, a mom and her son came in to pick him out some birthday presents. The mom proceeded to tell me that they were new to town and had invited his class to his party. Unfortunately, no child was able to attend the party. So, what do Wonder Workers do in this situation? Well, we threw a party for him! We got cupcakes, candles, and wrapped up Doink-it Darts for him. We then had him stand on a stool, and we sang him “Happy Birthday” and had a Wonder Works Party! This brought a smile to his face and tears to his mother’s eyes! It was truly a MAGICAL BIRTHDAY Day!