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Founder Nikki and Brian Benbenek
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Women-founded and family-run business started by Montessori parents. Inspired by their own littles to build child size furniture and educational toys that are open-ended , engaging, and benefit both learning in the classroom and at home. Blueberry and Third initially started their collection in their own home, then branched out to local markets, trade shows, school conferences, and developed hundreds of relationships with retail stores and early educators throughout the US.

Blueberry and Third is committed to designing and crafting products that promote exploration, imagination, and hands-on learning experiences for children. With a focus on quality, safety, and environmental responsibility, they strive to be a trusted partner for parents, caregivers, and educators seeking long-lasting solutions for children's spaces. Blueberry and Third designs and manufactures everything in their facility in Northern Virginia and are proud to be a sustainable US-made option for the kids industry. 

Founding Story

The founders, Nikki and Brian are husband & wife and partners that have a passion for parenthood, woodworking, and quality children products. They combined all three to create Blueberry and Third. It all started when they built The Climbing Arch for their daughters first birthday. She was all over the place and they wanted to have something that was hers to climb, but also wanted it to fit seamlessly into their co-living and play area. They had friends come over blown away that they built The Climbing Arch- even though Brian had 15+ years of woodworking experience. They decided to build a workshop so they would be able produce The Arch and other Montessori-inspired play furniture (and toys!).

They often get the question of how they came up with their name, and they're not shy to say! Blueberry comes from the first drink that they shared on their first date, and Third is the street where their family started and many of their first wood children's and home designs were born.

From the Founders: We're happy you made it here with us on this journey and we look forward to building relationships in the journalists world.


The Rainbow Activity Board
The Rainbow Activity Board $44.00
The Rocketship Activity Board
The Rocketship Activity Board $44.00
The Saturn Activity Board
The Saturn Activity Board $44.00
The Butterfly Activity Board
The Butterfly Activity Board $44.00
The Dollhouse
The Dollhouse $299.00
The Balance Beam
The Balance Beam $148.99
The Balance Board
The Balance Board $69.00
The Clothing Rack
The Clothing Rack $249.00
The Climbing Arch
The Climbing Arch $229.00
The Bookshelf
The Bookshelf $159.00
The Play Tray
The Play Tray $129.00

Team Bios

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Nikki Benbenek


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Hi There! I'm Nikki, Owner /Founder of Blueberry and Third. Former D1 Tennis Player, New York City dweller, ex- Investment Fund Accountant, turned Suburban Mama entrepreneur and advocate of open-ended play and quality play products.


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