Shop Local: Neighborhood Toy Store Day

Shopping at local toy stores has never failed me.  The unique, top-quality items are unexpected and always welcome. Whether you’re looking for a different game, active playthings, or toys that will last- shop local and you won’t be disappointed.

The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association encourages us to shop local for unique toys by celebrating local toy stores on November 10, 2018.  Come shop with us across Lake County at the best local neighborhood toy stores!

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Brainstorm, Inc. – Lindenhurst

625 North Bridgeport Terrace, Lindenhurst
(847) 265-0610 | Facebook

Brainstorm’s selection is fantastic, and it has a wide range of toys on display throughout the store along with dedicated play space to explore items I have only found online. Touching, manipulating and watching my kids play with toys before buying them is a huge bonus, but I must say that the free gift wrap is what gets me every time. The staff knows what kids like and are available to help you at any time. Shelves are filled with art supplies, crafts, games, explorative activities and imaginative play things you won’t find at the big box stores. If an inspirational toy is on your mind for a child, check out Brainstorm, and don’t forget to ask for the complimentary gift wrap!

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Top image from Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies Facebook | Bottom images A. Chase | | 2015

Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies
431 North Lake Street, Mundelein
847-949-8680 | Facebook

If you want to give an actual item (read: not gift cards) to a bigger kid, check out Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies where you’ll find the most unique and best quality remote control (RC) helicopters, planes, trucks, cars, drones, and vehicles that can battle. I may or may not have picked one up for the big kid I married. Norm’s shop is primarily about model trains- ALERT! ALERT!  He has TWO trains that he gladly turns on for his customers; my three-year-old and I watched for half an hour and could have stayed longer. The shop boasts unique toys in the front that would make any train or vehicle lover go mad: die-cast cars/planes, slot cars, and balsa wood gliders are only a few of the options available.  Item prices are competitive, but nothing beats the ‘try before you buy’ policy Ron’s Mundelein Hobbies employs.

snicklefritz toysSnickelfritz Toys
700 N. Milwaukee Ave. Ste 124,
Vernon Hills, Illinois
847-918-8160 | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube

There is a special place in my heart for Snickelfritz as I’ve shopped there for special toys most of my life. The knowledgeable, friendly staff is sure to help you find just what you’re looking for. With shelves bursting full of goodness, you cannot leave this store without finding something you’ve never seen. The store boasts imaginative, creative and building-type toys for all ages. Grab a gift and get it wrapped for FREE!

Beanstalk Toyland
Photo credit: Beanstalk Toyland

Beanstalk Toyland and Bookstore
654 Central Ave, Highland Park
(847) 432-8300 | Facebook | Twitter

Beanstalk Toyland & Bookstore located on Highland Park’s main shopping street is a little slice of childhood nirvana. The store offers the latest toys, books and accessories loved by newborns through eight years old. The store is staffed by, and all the toys are hand-picked, by a team of full time certified K-8 teachers ready and willing to answer your questions and guide you to the perfect toy.

Brilliant Sky Toys & Books
21540 W. Field Parkway, Deer Park
(847) 438-8300 | Facebook

Where Play is the new learn! Brilliant Sky’s goal is to provide the local community with the finest toy store by setting the standard for quality with consistency and superiority in products and service! Brilliant Sky Toys & Books carries toys for ages 0-12!

Learning Express Toys Lake Zurich
315 S. Rand Rd., Lake Zurich
847-540-4566 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube

Learning Express Toys believes service and knowledge do make a difference. They offer many cool services such as a Birthday Registry, Free Gift Wrapping, Free Personalization, and a Frequent Buyer Program! Skill Builders for special needs children.

Petranek’s Pharmacy
426 North Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville
847-362-2005 | Facebook
Don’t let the unexpected name deter you; Petranek’s carries some of the best toys you can grab in the area!

When you shop local this season, be sure to let them know Little Lake County sent you!

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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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