The annual Northeast Ohio Parent Choice Awards seeks to gather the opinions of local parents on everything family-friendly in the region. Our readers and online followers voted for their favorite businesses, attractions, family services and more.
Here are the winner and runners-up in the “best local, independent store to buy toys, games and learning products” category.
Click here to view winners and runners-up in all categories.
Winner: Playmatters Toys
It’s playtime, and this locally-owned shop in Pepper Pike is always on the lookout for the latest in educational and fun toys. It carries a wide variety of building toys, puzzles, dolls, games, fidgets, outdoor fun and board games. Whether you are looking for something for your infant, preschooler, school-age child or teen — or you need to buy a gift — the store has something for everyone. Be sure to check out their online staff picks!
This Beachwood store provides items to play, discover and learn. Shop online by age or grade, or if you are a teacher, find various materials for your classroom. It also has free printable resources for parents and educators.
S’il Vous Play
Mariah and Wes Roj own this shop in a historic firehouse building in Cleveland Heights. Parents will find well-made, inspired toys from around the world, as well as some local brands. The couple’s goal is to find toys that encourage open-ended and immersive play. Book the store for private events and look for upcoming shop happenings.