Some say they don’t make toys the way they used to. The same could be said about toy stores.
We certainly don’t mind the big-box toy stores — they fill a valuable one-stop purpose — but something was so endearing and rewarding running into the locally-owned toy store when growing up in the 1970s. Here, you could find one-of-a-kind, well-made toys, puzzles, games, etc., in a place that looked unlike any other toy store. Except for a few lousy owners that were clearly in the wrong business, most local toy shops in the Boston area were as rewarding an experience as the toys themselves.
Are there any of these places left? You bet! The 68-year-old, third generation Toy Shop of Concord in Concord, Mass., is an old-fashioned locally owned toy store with an amazing variety of quality toys for sale. Happy, festive and colorful, the Toy Shop of Concord prioritizes expert, friendly service and toys that entertain and educate children. There’s also the opportunity for younger children to play with some of the toys. The Toy Shop is an authentic throwback to another era, warming the hearts of children — and also adults with the unforgettable memories of their own favorite childhood toy stores.
The Toy Shop of Concord, 4 Walden St., Concord MA. Tel. (978) 369-2553