Ok, so I need to start carrying my real camera around so you're not stuck with my terrible phone photos, but at least it will give you an idea of what this store is like.
This week, Creed and I headed out to explore a toy shop that comes highly recommended in our neighborhood, Tutoring Toy. Tutoring Toy is at 1400 Foothill Drive and looks tiny from the outside, but it holds a lot more than you might think.
I know that I can be a bit of a toy snob, but oh, I breathe a sigh of relief when I walk into a toy store and can't spot a single cartoon character! No Dora or Disney Princesses in site, and suddenly kids are more interested in what a toy can do rather than who is plastered on it (not that there's not a place for cartoon characters, we have more Pixar Cars than I can count, but sometimes it's nice to have a break).
Creed was immediately enamored, as you can tell when you spot him in the floor in this photo.It's a family owned business and the staff is really friendly and genuinely interested in helping you find the most age appropriate, fun toy for your child. It's fun to browse because they carry many brands that you won't spot in big box toy stores like Schleich
And check out this whole wall of Playmobil
They also have a small picture book section, that I was very impressed with. They managed to have almost all of our favorites and very up-to-date titles. Even if you didn't know anything about picture books, you basically couldn't go wrong choosing any book off the shelf.
With a shop like this, you might expect the staff to be a bit persnickety, but when I overheard some grandparents asking where the Star Wars figurines are, the staff didn't bat an eyelash or try to convince them to choose something else as they apologized that they didn't carry them and helped think of a couple of places they could check.
I probably shouldn't admit this, but Creed and I ended up being there and hour and a half, and I still had to drag him out of the store. I think it may be one of our new favorite places to shop.