Throughout the world, there are hundreds of independently-owned toy stores, each one as unique and endearing as the people that own them. For the loyal customers that flock to them, they’re more than simply an outlet to obtain new treasures; they’re a community. And that community has been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic as store owners are finding new ways to keep their businesses running. A Toy Store Near You highlights 50 of these stores, with the majority of the profit generated going back to those participating. Whether you’re an avid collector or a toy store novice, these stories are universally powerful, sometimes heartbreaking, and always fun.



Billy Galaxy, Terry Taylor, Liz Taylor, Kris Schaumburg, Todd Gordon, Brett Gregory, Colby Earleywine, Joseph Hand, Timothy Hobson, Jason Rungay, Robin Church, Kayoko Takahashi, Justin Daniels, Penelope Daniels, Candice Thompson, Biagio Thompson, Nick Mayor, Jen Lamasters, Todd Jordan, Amber Jordan, Mike Holbrook, Amanda Barlow, Brian Flynn


Brian Volk-Weiss


Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson, Rich Mayerik, Billy Galaxy