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Tiffney Laing

Summary

Founded in 2015 and launched on October 14th, 2016, Bevy & Dave, LLC is an educational toy company devoted to changing the narrative of Black history and building leaders.  Tiffney T. Laing, a former college educator had long been concerned about traditional presentations of Black history in textbooks and teaching materials. With the belief that one’s perception of history shapes and impacts their worldview and their level of achievement, Laing decided to create children’s toys as learning tools.

Laing was reminded that children learn through play after her daughter was born. Soon after, Bevy & Dave was created to educate, inspire, and empower children to be their best selves through the power of play.  Bevy & Dave toys are made for preschool-elementary age students and they serve as teaching tools for parents and teachers alike to share Black history through the lens of self-leadership, which focuses on achievements and contributions to our society.

Laing’s unique and unconventional work has been recognized among industry peers and featured in various media platforms, including GMA3 "The Second Act Showdown," Good Morning America with Strahan, Sara, and Keke and MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle. Within Bevy & Dave’s first exhibition year, its flagship toy, the “History Makers Puzzle Block Set (HMPBS),” was a finalist for Toy of the Year Award, Rookie category, and is the winner of the 2018 Product of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine and the 2018 Family Choice award.

You can find our products in retailers including museums and historic sites. In the upcoming year we hope to expand our footprint by working with educators.

Fact Sheet

  • Bevy & Dave was founded and established in 2015.
  • Bevy & Dave launched its first product in 2016.
  • Tiffney T. Laing is the founder and owner of Bevy & Dave, LLC. 
  • The company was originally launched with the name Ancestors & Descendants. The name was soon changed after realizing it was difficult for customers to say and remember.
  • The mission of Bevy & Dave is to change the narrative of Black history and build leaders. Our educational toys are instruments to educate, inspire and empower children to be their best selves.
  • Within Bevy & Dave’s first exhibition year, its flagship toy, the “History Makers Puzzle Block Set (HMPBS),” was a finalist for 2018 Toy of the Year Award, Rookie category, and is the winner of the 2018 Product of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine and the 2018 Family Choice award.
  • Since launching, Bevy & Dave has released five educational toys thus far. The flagship product, the History Makers Puzzle Block Set, is currently on the market in numerous states and is sold online at bevyanddave.com and in various retailers including museums and historic sites.
  • Our first internationally toy store retailer was in Trinidad and Tobago. 

      Biography

      Tiffney is the founder of Bevy & Dave; an award-winning educational toy company devoted to changing the narrative of Black history and building leaders through fun and engaging learning tools designed for preschool- elementary age students.

      For many years she was frustrated with the presentation of Black history in school textbooks and teaching materials as the focus is always on slavery and oppression. With the belief that what we learn at a young age shapes and impacts our worldview and level of achievement, Tiffney decided to contribute towards a solution. After her daughter was born, Tiffney was reminded that children learn through play; soon after, she launched Bevy & Dave to serve as teaching tools for parents and teachers alike to share Black history through the lens of self-leadership, which focuses on achievements and contributions to our society.

      Prior to Bevy & Dave, Tiffney served in higher education developing student leaders as an administrator and instructor of leadership studies. Tiffney was also enrolled in a doctoral program with research focused on how children learn and understand Black history and its impact on their achievement level. Tiffney left the program to focus on developing solutions to the problem rather than continue to study it.

      Tiffney's unique and unconventional work has been recognized among industry peers and featured in various media platforms, including GMA3 "Second Act Showdown." Good Morning America with Strahan, Sara, and Keke and MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle. Within Bevy & Dave’s first exhibition year, its flagship toy, the “History Makers Puzzle Block Set (HMPBS),” was a finalist for Toy of the Year Award, Rookie category, and is the winner of the 2018 Product of the Year Award by Creative Child Magazine and the 2018 Family Choice award.

      Contact: Tiffney T. Laing, Founder/Owner

      571-243-0223

      ttlaing@bevyanddave.com