It can be really hard to take your child to a toy store, not only because they want to take home absolutely everything, but also because most are overwhelming and not conducive to letting your child discover the toys they really like.
When I walked into PLAYmatters Toys with Jeffrey, I felt an immediate difference from most toy stores.
PLAYmatters Toys is bright and inviting, with cheery red carpet, light wood shelves, and wide aisles with plenty of space to actually explore the toys offered there. Owner Michael Ziegenhagen told me the design is based on what he saw at a toy exposition in Europe.
PLAYmatters is locally owned and operated by the Ziegenhagen family. As a parent, Michael was inspired to open a toy store dedicated to toys that have integrity, durability, and purpose and he did just that!
PLAYmatters carries a wide range of unique toys that are different than what you find at big-box toy stores both in quality and purpose. The toys at PLAYmatters all build in discovery and education right into the fun packaging of really cool toys!
For me, one of the most attractive things about PLAYmatters is what it lacks. You won’t find commercialized toys here. Believe me, we have plenty of those in our house and I’m not against them overall, but it’s nice to be able to direct Jeffrey’s attention to more imaginative, off-the-beaten-path items.
PLAYmatters is part of a consortium of independently-owned, like-minded toy stores across the country that help select brands and toys that fit high standards for not only quality, but also fun!
I was particularly intrigued by a couple of PLAYmatters’ European toy offerings. These Plus Plus blocks are made in Denmark and offer unique building fun.
And these Steiff toys are made by the oldest manufacturer of toys in the world and are good for collectors and children alike.
PLAYmatters offers toys appropriate for a wide age range, from the smallest…
…to the tweens.
So, if you’re looking to make play time even more magical, PLAYmatters is an awesome place to go, with so many unique and imaginative options. You can shop online, check out their summer catalog, or pop into their Pepper Pike or Solon locations. Personally, I recommend going into the store, because you never know what you might fall in love with!
Plus, Michael and his staff are so knowledgeable and caring! You know you’re going to buy toys for you child, so why not do it somewhere that cares so much about the quality and purpose of the toys and is a local small business to boot?!
While I was writing this post, I asked Jeffrey what he wanted you to know about PLAYmatters and he said that you should go there because you could get a special garbage truck, just like he did!
Whether it’s a garbage truck or a princess dollhouse, PLAYmatters Toys offers something to make play fun for everyone!
Oh, and be sure to check out PLAYmatters Toys’ partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage for the Everyday Heroes exhibition this summer, celebrating the superheroes in our children and ourselves through books, crafts, and movement. Everyday Heroes is open June 5 though August 12.
***Disclosure: I was invited to visit PLAYmatters Toys and received a complimentary toy of Jeffrey’s choosing. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***