Shopping & Services Independent Toy and Kid Gift Stores in Southeast Michigan The holiday season is here! Get the kids something unique in 2016 by shopping at these special stores in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. « Previous Next » Metro Parent Editorial • November 18, 2016 1 Comment Tweet 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 your wee ones or even those who 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! Adventures in Toys Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham Phone: 248-646-5550 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: call closer to Hanukkah and Christmas for extended times With a wide assortment of toys, this Birmingham favorite stocks plenty of games, trains, puzzles, stuffed animals and more. It even offers “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. Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Address: University Square Shopping Center, 3074 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Phone: 248-375-2400 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: call for extended times There are tons of educational games, plus toys, crafts and train sets to be found at this shop. Chelsea Kidz Stop Address: 114 N. Main St., Chelsea Phone: 734-497-9344 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Thursday, closed Tuesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Call in advance to confirm holiday hours This store stocks kids clothing and popular toy brands including Pokemon, GoldieBlox, Lego, Mega Bloks, Marvel, Disney, Fisher Price, Tomy and Mattel. Also sells 18-inch doll clothing. Diane’s Doll House Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon Phone: 248-486-0450 Regular hours: Due to injury, current hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. When hours change, they will be noted in the shop’s voicemail message 2016 holiday hours: Call for holiday hours and sales Doll lovers are in luck! This shop features dolls for all ages, including Madame Alexander, Corolle, Adora, Middleton and more. That selection pairs up with other great finds like Calico Critters, Melissa & Doug, Bruder trucks, Magformers, puzzles, games and more delightful toys. El’s Boutique Address: 17110 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Phone: 313-571-3044 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sundays 2016 holiday hours: Starting Thursdays in December, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; other hours same. Starting the week of Christmas, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve Since 2012, this spot has offered lots of cool stuff for tween and teen girls, from gifts and crafts to accessories, personalized items and room decor. There’s a section of finds for younger girls and babies, too. About half the store is also dedicated to moms and the grown-up gals, including jewelry, scarves, purses, shawls and more. Froggy’s Toy Stop Address: 114 E. Fourth St., Rochester Phone: 248-651-1511 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, closed Mondays and Sundays 2016 holiday hours: Call ahead Looking for Playmobil sets? Froggy’s has plenty, along with Madame Alexander dolls, Calico Critters and nooks filled with traditional toys. Check out the Folkmanis puppets, too. Funky Monkey Toys Address: 5 N. Washington St., Oxford Phone: 248-572-4828 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Same as regular hours Games, toys, magic tricks and more: This shop has something for every age and interest. Stop in and check out the board games, electronic robots, Lego and sock monkeys, too. Or start a family tradition and pick up an Elf on the Shelf. Genuine Toy Co. Address: 550 Forest Ave., Suite 8, Plymouth Phone: 734-414-9500 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Call for extended hours 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. Mom and dad will love this store too: It features toys you grew up with and haven’t seen in ages! Go! Calendars, Games & Toys Address: Multiple stores in southeast Michigan, find a location here Phone: 586-228-0814 (The Mall at Partridge Creek location) Regular hours: usually same as mall hours; check ahead holiday hours This shop stocks games, crafts, magic gadgets, Legos, plushies and more. There’s something for the entire family, including classic and strategy games. Suitable for kids – and fun for adults too. Great Lakes Hobby & Toy Address: 43055 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights Phone: 586-254-1600 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Call for extended hours In business for more than 30 years, this Macomb County shop carries children’s play trains, slot cars, crafts, Melissa & Doug, dollhouses, model kits and various other toys. Just Imagine Address: 115 S. Main St., Chelsea Phone: 734-562-2040 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday 2016 holiday hours: call during season for extended hours This locally owned shop sells a variety of goods for young and old. You’ll find music supplies, books, toys and more. Learning Express Toys Address: Westgate Shopping Center, 2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-997-0707 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 pm. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Starting Nov. 22 through Dec. 23, extended hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Part of a franchise family more than 125 strong, this is its sole southeast Michigan location, featuring a variety of toys in a friendly, hands-on atmosphere. Michigan Toy Soldier Company Address: 1400 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak Phone: 248-586-1022 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; closed on holidays This store was founded in 1990 and offers everything for toy soldier collectors and enthusiasts. Collectible figures, figure kits and much more can be found here. Mudpuddles Toy Store Address: Kerrytown Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-662-0022 Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: call for the latest The store features award-winning games, creative toys, Klutz activity books and Folkmanis puppets. Find gifts here to pique your child’s imagination. My Urban Toddler Address: 3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor Phone: 734-585-0788 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Call for extended hours From maternity clothes to kids apparel (now up to size 12 years), puzzles to dolls and books, this store tries to offer something for all the stages of your child’s development. Discover imagination-powered toys and plenty more. Suhm Thing Address: 122 W. Maple Road, Birmingham Phone: 248-723-9832 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: call for details While this gift shop might be small, it holds fun finds in every nook and cranny. Suhm Thing offers unique home decor, jewelry, stationery – plus a lot of Michigan-themed items, from items made in Michigan to postcards and glassware. The Doll Hospital & Toy Soldier Shop Address: 3947 W. 12 Mile Road, Berkley Phone: 248-543-3115 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Beginning Nov. 21: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Thanksgiving, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas Eve, closed Christmas. Regular hours resume Dec. 26. This specialty store has a great selection of quality toys for kids from birth on up, including Playmobil, Schleich action figures, Corolle dolls, Creativity for Kids kits, Melissa & Doug, Lego and more. Customers can also check the selection and shop online at reallygreattoys.com. The Friendship Factory Clinton Township Address: The Mall at Partridge Creek, 17420 Hall Road, Space 151, Clinton Township Phone: 586-530-9090 Regular hours: same as mall hours (see here for holiday mall hours) Rochester Hills Address: 210 W. University Drive, Rochester Phone: 248-890-7277 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Same as regular; closed Dec. 24-25 Have a crafty kid at home? Pick up a friendship bracelet kit, lanyard loom, photo button kit and more creative sets from this company with southeast Michigan roots. The Peaceable Kingdom Address: 210 S. Main St., Ann Arbor Phone: 734-668-7886 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: call closer to holidays Bring your child to peek at the fairy door at this local shop. For an eclectic mix of toys – like Jellycat plush animals, Petit Collage pop-out scenes and Maileg brand toys – stop by. The Robot Garage Birmingham Address: 637 S. Eton St., Birmingham Phone: 248-723-9100 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday 2016 holiday hours: Same as regular hours Rochester Hills Address: Located in the Village of Rochester Hills, 172 N. Adams, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-213-9960 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Same as mall (see mall hours here) Grosse Pointe Park Address: 15201 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Park Phone: 313-924-3310 Regular hours: 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday This Lego wonderland has a gift shop filled with Legos, rare Lego Minifigures, Hexbugs, maker toys and much more for creative kids. Toyology Howell Address: 109 W. Grand River Ave., Howell Phone: 517-518-8152 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Rochester Hills Address: 208 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills Phone: 248-266-6861 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: Same as regular hours Royal Oak Address: 119 S. Main St., Royal Oak Phone: 248-268-1412 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday West Bloomfield Address: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield Phone: 248-562-7524 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday 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. Note that hours may be extended closer to Christmas; check website in advance. Village Toy Shoppe Address: 400 N. Main St., Milford Phone: 248-684-TOYS (8697) Regular hours: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday 2016 holiday hours: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday Relive your childhood as your take a walk through this local shop. Popular brands here include Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Jellycat. Whistle Stop Hobby & Toy Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores Phone: 586-771-6770 Regular hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday 2016 holiday hours: after Thanksgiving, open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday A tradition since 1969, this store is filled with creative toys like Madame Alexander dolls, Breyer model horses, Brio train sets, Melissa & Doug toys, model kits, Lego, Playmobil, Lionel trains, large puzzle selection and much more. This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2016 by Jessica Schrader.