Is the child in your life celebrating a brag-worthy birthday, stellar work in school — or, mom and dad, are you just searching for that perfect holiday gift? Try independent local toy stores here in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor to find unique presents for kids of any age.
Here, we’ve listed some independent toy stores around southeast Michigan that offer dolls, trains, puzzles, customizable gifts and oodles more.
From cool collectibles to classic options to be cherished for years, there’s lots to discover, all with plenty more personality than the standard online or big-box store shopping experiences.
We’re sure you’ll find the perfect choice for your wee ones or even those who are kids at heart — and stave off that dreaded toy regret buyer’s remorse, to boot.
Note: Be sure to call ahead for the latest hours and open days, which could vary by season and during the winter holidays. Also, be aware that many shops are requiring face masks and other COVID-19 safety protocols. Check with your store before heading out.
- Address: 250 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
- Phone: 248-646-5550
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.
- Address: St. Clair Shores based; currently online only
- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
This local online store, which is looking for a new brick-and-mortar home, sells all the Lego sets your kid’s heart desires.
- Address: Inside the Detroit Metro Airport, McNamara terminal gate A47, after security only, Romulus
- Phone: 734-229-1140
About to hop on a plane and begin your family vacation? Make a stop at this cute and convenient toy store first. It offers a collection of fun toys, dolls and creative games that will definitely keep the little ones entertained during the flight — and after.
- Address: 102 N. Lafayette St., South Lyon
- Phone: 248-486-0450
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.
- Address: 5 N. Washington St., Oxford
- Phone: 248-572-4828
Games, toys, magic tricks and more: This pick among Oakland County’s independent toy stores 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.
- Address: Inside the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
- Phone: 313-982-6140, ext. 2323
At the museum with the family? Don’t forget to make a stop into this gift shop and let your creative side soar. You’re sure to find the perfect toy to bring out the inquisitive spirit in your little genius. Note: Due to COVID-19, this shop is currently closed in-person but is still open online.
- Address: 550 Forest Ave., Suite 8, Plymouth
- Phone: 734-414-9500
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!
- Address: 43055 Van Dyke Ave., Sterling Heights
- Phone: 586-254-1600
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.
- Address: 220 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-658-8900
If you’re looking for a super cute store full of all things kawaii, which means “cute” in Japanese, then stop into hihi. The store carries a large selection of plush toys, collectibles, candy and paper goods – not to mention touts the largest selection of Hello Kitty products in the state.
- Address: Harvard Row Mall, 21770 W. 11 Mile Road, Southfield
- Phone: 248-864-5277
This store, dedicated to helping you find that perfect hobby, is packed with RC cars, drones, planes, trains, puzzles, models and games for everyone. Check out it Facebook page for upcoming “model build day” events.
- Address: Westgate Shopping Center, 2465 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-997-0707
Part of a franchise family that’s 125 stores strong, this is its sole southeast Michigan location, featuring a variety of toys in a friendly, hands-on atmosphere.
- Address: 228 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-545-5245
This spot has been open since 2006 and offers designer toys, lowbrow pop and surreal art, art books and anime toys for sale. The staff will even set up an appointment if you can’t make it to the shop during regular hours.
- Address: 1400 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak
- Phone: 248-586-1022
This store was founded in 1990 and offers everything for toy soldier collectors and enthusiasts. Discover collectible figures, figure kits and much more here.
- Address: 9528 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck
Swing by this not-so-traditional toy shop for gently-used vintage finds. Stock is always changing, so visit frequently.
- Address: Kerrytown Market & Shops, 407 N. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-662-0022
The fun shop features award-winning games, creative toys, Klutz activity books and Folkmanis puppets. Find gifts to pique your child’s imagination at one of the staple Washtenaw County independent toy stores.
- Address: 3010 Washtenaw Ave. Suite 107, Ann Arbor
- Phone: 734-585-0788
From maternity clothes to kids apparel (now up to size 12 years), puzzles to dolls and books, this store strives to offer something for all the stages of your child’s development. Find imagination-powered toys and plenty more. Curbside pickup and delivery available.
- Address: 122 W. Maple Road, Birmingham
- Phone: 248-723-9832
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.
- Address: 1659 W. Hamlin Road, Rochester
- Phone: 248-890-7277
Have a crafty kid at home? Pick up a friendship bracelet kit, lanyard loom, photo button kit and more creative sets from The Friendship Factory.
In addition to loads of novelty, nostalgic and bulk candies for sale, this spot stocks traditional toys like kites and books; plus vintage t-shirts, magnets and other accessories.
- Birmingham: 637 S. Eton St., 248-723-9100
- Rochester Hills: 1659 W. Hamlin Road, Suite F, 248-213-9960
The Robot Garage is a Lego wonderland featuring a gift shop filled with Legos, rare Lego Minifigures, Hexbugs, maker toys and much more for creative kids. Note: Store locations are currently closed due to COVID-19 but the online store is still available.
- Bloomfield Hills: 6558 Telegraph Road, 248-579-5110
- Rochester Hills: 208 N. Adams Road, 248-266-6861 (currently closed)
- Royal Oak: 119 S. Main St., 248-268-1412
- West Bloomfield: Orchard Mall, 6389 Orchard Lake Road, 248-562-7524
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.
- Address: 400 N. Main St., Milford
- Phone: 248-684-TOYS (8697)
Relive your childhood as your take a walk through this veteran on our independent toy stores list. Popular brands here include Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Jellycat.
- Address: 21714 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores
- Phone: 586-771-6770
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.
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