ABOUT US... Oompa, the online leader in the specialty toy market for over 8 years, features a meticulous selection of fun, modern, sustainably-produced, and well-made toys. Listed on Internet Retailer's Hot 100 Websites, Oompa has created a streamlined, engaging, and informative experience for customers as they peruse an extensive, well-edited line of beautifully crafted toys and gifts for babies and children.
OUR PRODUCTS... With a keen eye for artful design and fine craftsmanship, Oompa has traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to personally select each and every product available on the website. Over the past seven years, we have developed close relationships with a collection of well-vetted manufacturers to ensure that Oompa has the safest and best product line in the industry.
ECO-FOCUSED... Oompa has a special fondness for all things that show a bit of care for our planet. We align ourselves with many manufacturers that use materials that are recycled, organic, sustainably grown, or locally grown. Made from recycled milk cartons, rubber wood from non-producing rubber trees, highly renewable bamboo, or hardwoods harvested from FSC certified forests, our extensive collection of earth-friendly products is a breath of fresh air for eco-savvy consumers.
OUR WAREHOUSE...We are also thrilled that our warehouse is located underground in a beautiful limestone cave in St. Louis. Occupying a warehouse constructed naturally within the ground has avoided unnecessary construction and rendered enormous energy savings -- our facility maintains a constant comfortable temperature year round and requires no heating or air conditioning. Cool!
OOMPA GIVES BACK... In addition to our annual donations to the Shriners' Hospital For Children in Chicago, Oompa spearheaded the "Dolls For Darlings" program which provided hundreds of beautiful dolls to not-for-profit organizations. We are also thrilled to have sponsored Christy Turlington's Every Mother Counts organization focused on ending preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world.
OOMPA'S OWNERS... The combined talent, unique experiences, and commitment of the two co-founders, Sandra Gunthorpe and Susan Klieman, provide creative inspiration for Oompa Toys. Having experienced beautiful products while living in Europe and being concerned mothers striving to create rich environments for their own children, they have a unique insight into the needs and wants of fellow quality-conscious parents and gift-givers across the country.
SANDRA graduated from the University of South Florida where she studied Finance and Economics. She lived in Germany and Austria for 2 years and is fluent in German. Previously owning an industrial supply company specializing in German manufactured gas springs and hardware, she has been involved in the management and ownership of small businesses for 20 years. She has experience negotiating purchasing agreements, importing products from overseas, and marketing products within the United States. Sandra handles the operational aspects of the company including vendor management, the logistical aspects of distribution, customer service, and accounting.
SUSAN graduated from the University of South Florida where she studied French and Economics. She lived in France for 5 years with her husband and children and is fluent in French. Prior to giving in to her entrepreneurial spirit, she worked for 13 years in corporate America as an information technology consultant, process improvement consultant, and client relationship manager in the fields of education, information technology, and international logistics. She has experience in database design, development, and management, website design, and custom, large-scale software solution implementation. Susan handles the merchandising and marketing of the company including the corporate branding image, the design, development, and management of the website, internet marketing, public relations, and other technical aspects of the organization including database management, integration, and analytics.