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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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Suhm Thing

  • Address: 122 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9832
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; call for extended holiday hours

While this gift shop might be small, it holds fun finds in every nook and cranny. Suhm Thing offers unique home decor, jewelry, stationery and more.

The Doll Hospital & Toy Solider Shop

  • Address: 3947 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley
  • Phone: 248-543-3115
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday

This specialty toy store has a great selection of quality toys for kids from birth on up, including Playmobil, Schleich, Corolle Dolls, Creativity for Kids, Melissa & Doug, LEGO and more. The shop also restores antique dolls (but check ahead; during the holidays especially, this service tends to book up many weeks in advance).

The Peaceable Kingdom

  • Address: 210 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-668-7886
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; call ahead for extended holiday hours

Bring your child to peek at the fairy door at this local shop. For an eclectic mix of toys – like Jellycat plush animals, jewelry, folk art and more – stop by The Peaceable Kingdom.

The Robot Garage

  • Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
  • Phone: 248-723-9100
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; call ahead for extended hours over Thanksgiving holiday

This LEGO wonderland has a gift shop filled with great LEGO kits (including some cool holiday-themed finds), LaQ construction toys, books and lots more for creative children. Why not bring 'em along? Starting at noon on Saturdays, there's a drop-in playtime too ($8). It also offers camps during the holiday break (Dec. 23-Jan. 3; call ahead for times, costs and details).

Toyology

  • Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
  • Phone: 248-562-7524
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday (holidays)

This store has something for kids of all ages – from items for imaginative play to puzzles, board games, infant toys, plushies and more. It even stocks products for the special needs community. Stop in and see a "toyologist" for help on picking up the perfect gift.

Village Toy Shoppe

  • Address: 400 N. Main St., Milford
  • Phone: 248-684-TOYS (8697)
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday; call ahead for extended holiday hours

Relive your childhood as your take a walk through this local shop.

Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy

  • Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
  • Phone: 586-771-6770
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-9 pm. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 29-Dec. 31, 2013; otherwise 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday)

A tradition for more than 40 years, this store is filled with creative toys like Madame Alexander dolls, Breyer model horses, Brio train sets, Melissa & Doug toys, model kits and much more.

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