Each of the family-owned shops in Toys & Co.'s chain is an oasis of fun and interactive play for kids, housing shelves loaded with dolls, stuffed animals, and games. During visits to the magical emporium, children while away the time playing with trains and melting away the stresses of preschool or slow business at their lemonade stand. Kids of all ages can sharpen cognitive skills with diversions such as puzzles and word games, including developmental infant toys to boost burgeoning motor functions.
When Shawn Slome founded Twig in 2007, he knew Chapel Hill was ready for business that focused on selling sustainable, organic, and fairly traded goods. Today, the shop carries a large selection of natural and organic merchandise, with new products arriving weekly. Items range from bamboo and organic fashions, to fair-trade bags and accessories, along with glass and stainless kitchen storage, lunch kits, imaginative toys and organic baby gear. Each purchase is backed by a tireless effort to source their merchandise locally and ensuring suppliers are held to high labor and environmental standards. As it turns out, Shawn's mission resonated with the community as Indy Week readers have voted Twig Best Environmentally-Friendly Store for the past five consecutive years.
A wide range of puzzles, play mobiles, and postmodern dollhouses enthralls every child and inner child who crosses The Play House Toy Store’s magical threshold. Toys from top brands such as Playmobil and Ravensburger share shelf space with handcrafted collectibles designed to be cherished by all ages. Wooden and cardboard puzzles from Melissa and Doug ($17.99+) befuddle brains with jigsaw images of animals, alphabets, and Jackson Pollock paintings, and Lego sets and accessories ($4.99+) equip architects to-be with polychromatic training palettes. Handcrafted Madame Alexander dolls ($44.99–$49) decked out in queenly costumes take high tea with their playfellows, oblivious to the knights and plastic-melting dragons waging war on nearby Playmobile sets ($9.99–$44.99).
Laughter fills the air as kids zip down slides and caper about a jungle of wall-to-wall inflatables and obstacle courses within Monkey Joe’s play center. Kids 12 and under romp throughout the air-conditioned playscape’s obstacles, and tykes 3 and under stretch their imaginations on the softer and smaller attractions in the toddler play area. An orchestra of electronic beeps fills the arcade, and the scents of savory pizza waft from a concessions stand. Colorful balloons and cakes pack party rooms, where birthday boys and girls unwrap presents and brand-new imaginary friends.
Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique stocks more than 6,000 natural, eco-friendly products for babies and their families. Caretakers can swaddle infants in cloth diapers and coverall gowns or dress them up for blind baby dates with stylish miniature shoes and hats. Handcrafted Little Alouette wooden teething toys and child-safe trinkets made from natural rubber or organic cotton protect emerging baby teeth or vampire fangs. New mothers and mothers-to-be can find their own apparel and parenting products in the boutique, including diaper bags and totes, breastfeeding accessories, and maternity garments.