Founded in Connecticut in 1988, Melissa & Doug? began when Doug Bernstein, too nervous to ask Melissa to marry him, instead proposed she start a children?s business with him in his parents? garage; today the company is still in Connecticut, albeit in a real office space, and continues to offer products with tremendous value, quality and design. The privately held company is particularly well known for its range of wooden toys which were first launched in 1991; today it is a leading designer and manufacturer of educational toys and children?s products. The colorful range of products includes baby toys, infant toys, bath toys, beach toys, blocks, pull toys, puzzles, plush toys, play food, magnetic activities, musical toys, playsets, dolls, stacking toys, role play costumes, activity tables, dollhouses, sticker pads, toddler toys, toy cars and trucks, sturdy wooden toys, educational toys and more.