Independent Toy Stores in Southeast Michigan
The holiday season is here! Get the kids something unique in 2013 by shopping at these unique shops in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.
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Give a gift to remember this year: Visit your local mom-and-pop stores and pick out one-of-a-kind presents for kids of all ages. These independent shops offer dolls, trains, puzzles, customizable gifts and plenty more. We're sure you will find the perfect surprise for you wee ones or even those that are kids at heart.
Check out Metro Parent's guide to find an indie toy store right in your backyard, in metro Detroit, Ann Arbor and beyond. Many offer special holiday promotions and hours, too, so call ahead or check the websites before you head out. Happy shopping!
- Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
- Phone: 248-646-5550
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; call ahead for extended holiday hours
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
- Phone: 248-375-2400
- Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; call ahead for extended holiday hours
There are tons of educational games, plus toys, crafts, customizable bags and train sets. Find plenty to play with here, too: Try the marble run, and you'll want one for yourself!
- Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon
- Phone: 248-486-0450
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday; call ahead for holiday hours
Doll lovers are in luck! This shop features figurines for all ages, including Alexander Doll Company, Corolle Dolls, Lee Middleton and much more. That selection pairs up with other great finds like Thomas the Train, Bruder trucks and more delightful toys.
- Kerrytown Shops: 415 N. Fifth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor; 734-622-9580; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (holiday hours end Dec. 31, 2013)
- Briarwood Mall: New in 2013! 100 Briarwood Circle (Von Maur wing, across from LensCrafters), Ann Arbor; 734-761-6833; see mall holiday hours for details
Play mats, snow gear and strollers? Check! You'll find toys, clothes and furniture for babies through tweens at this store. It also carries organic, fair-trade and U.S.-made products. Just in time for the holiday season, visit its new location at Briarwood Mall.
- Address: 114 E. Fourth St., Rochester
- Phone: 248-651-1511
- Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Looking for Playmobil sets? Froggy's has plenty, along with Madame Alexander dolls, Calico Critters and nooks filled with traditional toys. Check out the new Folkmanis Puppets, too. Kids can even cozy up by the hearth to read a good book.
- Address: 5 N. Washington St., Oxford
- Phone: 248-572-4828
- Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday; call for extended holiday hours
Games, toys, magic tricks and more: This shop has something for every age and interest. Stop in and check out the board games, remote-control spacemen, Department 56 collectibles and sock monkey clothing. Start a new family tradition this year and pick up an Elf on the Shelf, offering boy and girl versions.
- Address: 550 Forest Ave., Suite 8, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-414-9500
- Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
If you're looking for engaging toys, this is the place. It has award-winning family games, science and craft kits, challenging puzzles and more. You'll find pretend play items for tots, too. Mom and dad will love this store, as well: It features toys you grew up with and haven't seen in ages!