Modern European Furniture Chain Scandinavian designs has increased its number of locations by 30% over the past two years, driven by increased consumer demand for home decor and the repurposing of former big-box toy stores across the country. Just before Memorial Day, the Petaluma-based retailer opened new stores in SanRead More →

A recently opened toy store in the north of England has announced plans to become a “hub for Merseyside families” providing toys, products and resources for SEN children.The Sensory Toy Shop is an independent and inclusive toy store in Wirral which, having opened on the day government restrictions on non-essentialRead More →

CAMP, 110 Fifth Avenue; 20 Hudson Yards, second floor; and 1 Dekalb Ave., Downtown Brooklyn; camp.com Since opening its first location in the Flatiron District in 2018, Camp has become best known for its experiential offerings. You’ll find current toys (even adult stuff) all over the sales area, which isRead More →

CORBIN, Ky. (WYMT) – A new toy store, Toy Shop, is now open in Corbin. “We also have Pokemon cards, so we’re into trading card games…board games. Just anything you can imagine. If we don’t have it here, we’ll get it here,” said owner Tonya Ridener. Like a typical toyRead More →

California lawmakers are pushing for gender-neutral retail sections in department stores so that clothing, toys and childcare items are not separated into products traditionally marketed for boys or girls. Assembly members Evan Low and Cristina Garcia co-authored a new bill that would require department stores with 500 or more employeesRead More →

BAY SHORE, NY – Richard McWilliams has long dreamed of opening a brick-and-mortar store selling vintage video games, toys and collectibles. A lifelong collector and enthusiast of vintage entertainment, he believed the shift to online shopping was leaving something out of the shopping experience. His store, which opened in DecemberRead More →

Sure, you can turn to a big-box retailer to find a toy for the kid in your life, but there’s nothing quite like that warm, fuzzy feeling you get every time you walk into a cheerful local space dedicated to toys, games and the pleasure they provide. Inspire.Read More →

This article first appeared on Kidsburgh.org. which is published by NEXTpittsburgh. Shop local at these Pittsburgh toy stores and find unique gifts for your favorite kids. With warnings of slower-than-usual delivery times from big online sellers, there is even more reason to venture to these fun destination stores. Buy securelyRead More →

The pandemic has upended millions of traditional holidays around the world, but one thing is still going as usual: children are making wish lists and hoping to find their favorite toys under the tree. Local independent toy store owners have stepped up throughout the pandemic to keep children entertained duringRead More →

(CNN) — The winter holidays are usually the busiest and most successful time of year for Erin Blanton, owner of the Pufferbellies toy store in Staunton, Va. About a quarter of Pufferbellies’ annual sales are between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when shoppers, she said, “come out of the woodwork” to buyRead More →

Traveling can be tough on kids and parents, but promising a visit to your destination’s toy store can be enough to control a child’s behavior while traveling. The world’s most incredible toy stores offer more than just shopping – they’re an experience in themselves, full of wonder, and can makeRead More →

Editor’s Note: Vital Coronavirus Stories are provided free of charge as a public service to our readers during the Coronavirus outbreak. For more coverage, go to concord.wickedlocal.com/topics/coronavirus. For more than 68 years, shoppers in Concord and surrounding towns have had the joy of shopping for toys and gifts at theRead More →

Looking to discover the best toy stores around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Orlando, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of places to venture next time you’re in the shopping market. of toys. April is oneRead More →

Wondering where to find the best toy stores near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Henderson, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to venture next time you’re in the market. toy stores.Read More →

Wondering where to find the best toy stores near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Baltimore, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to venture the next time you’re in the market. toyRead More →

Pat and Liza Berwanger, owners of The Village Toy ShopPHOTO COURTESY OF LIZ BERWANGER For Winnetka’s Stephanie Simpson, birthday parties are a regular part of her social calendar. As a mother of children aged 3, 5 and 7, she can hardly go a week without having to buy a newRead More →

Wondering where to find the best toy stores near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Sunnyvale, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of places to venture next time you’re in the store market. of toys. DecemberRead More →

Many of us shop for toys online these days. But there’s really nothing like going to a real brick-and-mortar store where you can talk to people, ask questions, see the toys, and even play with the toys. Luckily for us parents in southeast Wisconsin, there are plenty of places toRead More →

Looking for the best toy stores around? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find Anaheim’s most popular store, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to venture the next time you’re looking for something. special for children. Anaheim-area residents historicallyRead More →

This is a column by Kimberly Mosley, president of the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA). ASTRA is a not-for-profit organization serving over 1,800 independent retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives in the specialty toy industry. The views are those of the author. When Toys R Us announced its closure, generationsRead More →

While it’s easy to order toys from Amazon, nothing can replace the fun and excitement your kids get from visiting a toy store. Walking into a toy store or two and bringing home a new item is a great way to spend the afternoon. I’ve taken my daughter to eachRead More →

Even though prices were slashed this week for the Creative Kidstuff sale, customers flocked to Hopkins-based independent toy store Kiddywampus intent on paying top dollar. “We’ve had customers say, ‘we shop here, we want you to stay in business’” Kiddywampus says owner Amy Saldanha. If a good comes from trustedRead More →

Looking to explore the best toy stores in town? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Pittsburgh, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to venture the next time you’re in the market. toy stores.Read More →

While it’s easier than ever to point and click to browse through a holiday shopping list, it hardly matches the adventure of wandering through a toy store. “It’s really fun to explore a space and find something unique that people on your list would like,” says Matt Berical of paternal.com,Read More →

In a post-Toys R Us world, here are some local stores to run for last-minute gifts in North Jersey. Grow-Cery,190 Rock Road, Glen Rock, 201-447-0447 Let’s pretendInterstate Mall, Ramsey, 201-962-9360 I’m kidding507 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair, 973-233-9444 Sunshine Sam Toy Storeat Cornerstone Montclair General Store, 198 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair, 973-337-2899Read More →

Wondering where to find the best toy stores near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best toy stores in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of places to venture next time you’re in the store market. of toys. 1.Read More →

With such busy schedules and the holidays fast approaching, many people are wondering where to shop for toys. We’ve done the hard work for you and broken down the 9 best toy stores in Cape and Island: The Village Toy Shop – BrewsterThe most colorful place you can visit inRead More →

Across the plaza from where the Rockefeller Christmas tree is still surrounded by scaffolding, a thin line of shoppers snaked past the brand new New York toy store, waiting to enter. Although it threatened to rain, children in brightly colored coats eagerly pressed against the store windows, where oversized bearsRead More →

As a journalist, I covered the Black Friday shopping phenomenon for eight years. I’ve interviewed hardcore deal seekers camping outside stores and dozens of others looking for the biggest discounts on gifts. Every eight years, Toys R Us had a line of shoppers – usually parents – waiting in theRead More →

From collectibles kept forever in their original box to beloved, worn plush toys and action figures, toys are a great escape for young and old. And while almost everything is available online, physical toy stores remain immensely popular with Americans. To break down the best of the country, Hoodline crunchedRead More →

With a major retailer closing stores nationwide, local stores are hoping to adopt displaced Toys R Us children. It’s an evolving industry, with online shopping taking an increasing share of the market and major retailers like Target and Walmart increasingly serving as the toy store of choice for customers. ButRead More →

Chances are you’ve been to a toy store or know someone who has during this Christmas shopping season. Kids and toys go together at Christmas like, well, Santa Claus and his reindeer. This week, a look back at a former family toy store that closed when the family decided toRead More →