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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Address: 108 E. Middle St., Chelsea
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
This locally owned shop sells a variety of goods for young and old. You'll find music supplies, books, toys and more. It's also pet-friendly, so there's no need to leave your pup at home!
Address: 16 W. Flint St., Lake Orion
Phone: 248-814-TOYS (8697)
Holiday hours: Starting Nov. 10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Monday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday
Retro and wooden toys, unusual stuffed animals, educational toys, science kits, even 25-cents-and-up novelties – this store carries a bit of everything. It offers frequent shopper discounts, too. Swing by for Neighborhood Toy Store Day on Nov. 10, too – and they'll have special discounts during regular business hours on Black Friday.
Address: 322 W. Main St., Brighton
Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Along with an array of toys, books and LEGO sets, this toy store also stocks more unusual gifts such as handcrafted wooden Russian dolls and glass-blown figurines. Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: 407 N. Fifth Ave., Kerrytown Shops, Ann Arbor
Holiday hours: Starting Nov. 23: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
The store features award-winning games, creative toys, Klutz activity books and Folkmanis puppets. Find gifts here to pique your child's imagination. They also carry stocking stuffers for adults and offer 20 percent off during Kerrytown's Open House Sunday, Nov. 11 and "Midnight Madness" Friday on Nov. 30.
Address: 7025 E. Michigan Ave., Saline
Holiday hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday
From maternity clothes to kids apparel, puzzles to dolls, books to musical instruments, this store tries to offer something for the early stages of your child's development. Discover imagination-powered toys and more!
Address: 210 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
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. Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday
This Oakland County spot offers special programs and parties for your little builders. But you can also shop for games, robots, LEGO items and much more.
Address: 122 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
Holiday hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
While this gift shop might be small, it holds fun finds in every nook and cranny. Carries unique home decor, jewelry, stationery and more. Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield
Holiday 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
This store has something for kids of all ages – from items for imaginative play to puzzles, board games, infant toys, plushes and more. They also carry products for the special needs community. Stop in and see a "Toyologist!"
Address: 17112 Kercheval St., Grosse Pointe
Holiday hours: Through Dec. 12: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 13-14 and 17-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 15 and 22, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 16 and 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24
Finish your shopping list at this jam-packed toyshop. Here, you'll find innovative toys for babies and toddlers, LEGOs, science kits and crafts for growing minds and fun accessories for teens. Plus Santa will be making regular visits here throughout the holiday season.
Address: 400 N. Main St., Milford
Phone: 248-684-TOYS (8697)
Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday
You'll feel like a kid again as you look through all the toys – cars, games, dolls and plush items – at this Milford shop. Call the store for extended holiday hours.
Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
Holiday hours: Starting Nov. 23: 10 a.m.-9 pm. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
A St. Clair Shores 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.