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Randimals Pop Up Next Door to Java
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Sunday, December 10, 2023
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Randimals are back, and this time you’ll find them hanging out on an 8-foot mobile wall—a Randi-wall, to be specific.

The stuffed toys, which depict two animals in one, will be hanging out on the wall decorated with 300 Christmas balls from the Gold Mine in front of a pop-up store at the former Java Primo at Java on Fourth Street in Ketchum through December.

This year’s theme is Jungle Christmas and there will be three new Randimals: Framel, a cross between a frog and a camel; OctoPuss, a cross between an Octopus and a kitty cat, and Girtle, a combination of a giraffe and turtle.

The latter was created from the design of an 8-year-old Chicago boy who responded to the Randimal website’s request for children to submit their ideas.

“Kids have amazing imaginations We have several other designs of children that we hope to make into toys,” said Nick Harman, the co-creator of Randimals.

The Randimals were introduced during Christmas 2020 in a clear plastic snow globe in front of what is now Serva Restaurant. It was, after all, the pandemic so children had to stay separated from Santa!

An accompanying children’s book spins a tale about a little girl who learns to celebrate people’s—and animals—differences and uniqueness as she crafts together torn animals.

Harman got the idea for the line of toys from his dearly departed dog Ollie, who was part basset hound and part lab. Online sales have gone up and up and up since they were first introduced. Randimals now has 20 reps around the country, said Harman.

The pop-up store will be open before 10 and between 5 and 7 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. It will be open additional hours if Harmon can find a sales clerk to fill in midday during weekdays.

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