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 finalists in the “Best independent toy store” category.
Click here to view winners and finalists in all 26 categories.
Winner: Playmatters Toys
This Pepper Pike toy store is under new ownership as of March 2021, but you’re guaranteed to find the same premier quality toys, games, puzzles and dolls from the best global toymakers — all of which encourage a broad range of learning and skill sets to help children develop. Friendly and expert staff help shoppers choose the perfect toy for every age and interest, then gift-wrap it for free. For gift ideas, check out the company’s seasonal catalogs online or in-store.
Off the Wagon
Parents will feel the nostalgia and kids will be thoroughly entertained at this one-of-a-kind shop in Kent. Specializing in gag gifts, pop culture paraphernalia and unique games, Off the Wagon also carries a large selection of toys, both new and retro, for kids of all ages.
Once Upon a Time Toys
Offering a large selection of toys, games, dolls, puzzles, puppets, crafts and books, this Rocky River store strives to provide shoppers with a little bit of magic. Expert staff members choose toys that will spark a child’s imagination and creativity, encourage social skills, explore the world through play and just be plain fun.