Marin’s newest spot for fun and games, Toy Crazy, will open in mid May. Located at Marin Country Mart, the shop will offer a wide variety of toys from dress up to board games, dolls and more. Marin Mommies contributor Gabrielle Cullen sat down with owner Melissa Moore to find out a little bit about what makes her tick, inside tips on the best items for folks check out and other great info about Toy Crazy.
How did you end up as the owner of toy stores?
When I was in high school my father’s colleagues wife owned a local toy store. She offered me a job and I continued through college. On school breaks I’d work there. When I graduated I was offered the management job at Toy Attic, and I was hesitant but after a not-so-fabulous experience in the industry I had hoped to work in, I asked the owner if she would ever be interested in selling. She agreed and I managed with the intent to buy. It worked about beautifully for everyone.
This holiday season, why not do your shopping at one of Marin's locally owned and operated toy stores? Not only will you enjoy great service, gift wrapping, and a wide selection of items not found in the big box stores, but you'll be helping support local business as well. We all know how important that is in today's uncertain financial climate.
In no particular order of importance, here's a list of our favorite toy stores in Marin County. If you have one that you'd like to share, leave a comment or contact us to let us know about it.
[We thought we'd bump up this article for the holidays, since it's relevant.] When shopping for toys, I like the many one-of-a-kind toy stores we have here in Marin. There are a variety of alternatives to Toys-R-Us and Target; locally owned, unique shops where you can find those interesting birthday, Christmas or “just because” gifts.