You already know that your body needs regular exercise and a healthy diet, but what about your brain? As it turns out, mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness, and Marbles: The Brain Store at the Columbia mall can help.
The store, which opened in August, has more than 200 handpicked and expert-tested games, puzzles, books, CD/DVDs and software to stimulate brain growth at any age. “There’s nothing like Marbles,” says store manager Bree Patarini. “We are focused on brain growth. That’s what we’re trained to do, and that’s what our products do. If it doesn’t challenge your brain in some way, we don’t carry it.”
Top-selling items include Buckyballs, the popular desk toy that comes with 216 powerful, rare earth magnetic balls that can be shaped and reshaped into a variety of structures. “They’re very tactile, and they allow you to be creative and make different designs and tiny sculptures,” Patarini says. “It’s great for people with ADD (attention deficit disorder) because it gives their hands something to do while allowing their brains to focus on something else.”