Independent Toy Stores in Southeast Michigan
Ready to start your 2012 holiday shopping? Check out these local shops for great gifts your family and friends will love receiving as much as you enjoy giving.
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'Tis the season for sugarplums and celebrations – which also means lots of shopping. Why not check out your neighborhood toy store for some unique ideas? Local independent shops carry a wide variety of unique items, like handmade dolls, constructive play sets, eco-friendly toys, hip gear, educational games and more. Whether the kids in your life are young or old, you're sure to find something special to entertain, educate and inspire them.
Use our guide to locate an independent toy store near you – along with store hours. No clue what to give? Ask the pros: Most can provide gift suggestions based on a person's age or interest. Some retailers offer special hours, discounts and events throughout the season – like Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 10 – so call ahead or check online before you go.
Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
Holiday hours: Starting Dec. 1: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
With a wide assortment of toys, this Birmingham favorite stocks plenty of games, trains, puzzles, stuffed animals and more. They even offer "Toy Store Takeout" if you need a quick gift. Give them call; they'll get it ready and wrapped – all you have to do is pick it up!
Address: 3074 Walton Blvd., University Square Shopping Center, Rochester Hills
Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Among the stacks of educational games, you'll find toys for little ones, crafts, customizable bags, train sets, dolls, science kits and more. There's plenty to play with here. Try the marble run and you'll want one for yourself! Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday
Doll lovers are in luck! This shop features figurines for all ages, including Alexander Doll Company, Corolle Dolls, Lee Middleton and much more. They also carry Thomas the Train, Bruder trucks and other delightful toys.
Address: 3947 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley
Holiday hours: Starting Nov. 16: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
This specialty toy store has a great selection of quality toys for kids birth and up, including Playmobil, Schleich, Corolle Dolls, Creativity for Kids, Melissa & Doug, LEGOs and much more. Do you have an antique doll that needs a bit of TLC before you pass it along to your child? If so, give the Doll Hospital a call; just remember the elves are extra busy this time of year.