Major national toy store chains like KB Toys, FAO Schwartz, Child World, Circus World and Zany Brainy have gone from malls and malls to nostalgic souvenirs over the years.
Toys ‘R’ Us, the last corporate toy store in the United States, went bankrupt last year, closing stores in Hobart and Michigan City, as well as a Babies ‘R’ Us in Merrillville.
This is the second consecutive holiday shopping season without Geoffrey the Giraffe or “From Bikes to Trains to Video Games, Greatest Toy Store Ever”. While many shoppers now source dolls, action figures, and other toys from more mainstream retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon, independent toy stores have been growing in Northwest Indiana for years. help fill the void.
Specialty toy stores have sprung up across the region including Chesterton Toy Shop, Crown Point Toys and Collectibles, Mind Benders Puzzles & Games in Whiting, Ye Old House of Toys in Merrillville, The Man Cave Toys and Collectibles in Valparaiso, Monroe Collectibles Toys and Comics at LaPorte, and Toys in the Attic at Crown Point, Hobart and Valparaiso. They often focus on retro toys, developmental games with an educational component, or nostalgic flashbacks that appeal to adults and children alike.
Toys in the Attic, for example, sells vintage toys, games, puzzles, puppets, and arts and crafts in the shops in the basement of the courthouse at the historic old courthouse. from Crown Point, as well as 19th century buildings in downtown Hobart and Valparaiso.