10 Locally Owned Toy Stores in the Triangle

Smaller stores offer a fun, personalized shopping experience

The Triangle is really lucky to have so many locally-owned toy stores around. When you shop from them, you frequently get convenient perks like gift registries and free wrapping, and always enjoy very personal shopping experiences that the big brick and mortar stores and online options just can’t compete with. But many of these wonderful gems won’t survive if we don’t remember them as we shop for holiday gifts and experiences. Already, local favorites like KidZoom in Garner, BrainSTEM in Morrisville and Lollipop Toy Shop in Wake Forest have closed their doors permanently. Let’s all do our part to preserve access to these places of wonder and excitement for years to come.

The toy stores and boutiques featured here are open for in-person shopping and for curbside pickup. COVID restrictions may change availability, so be sure to check online or call before visiting.

Ali Cat Toys
Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro
Ali Cat Toys has been serving the community for over 30 years and offers educational toys which expand minds and futures, while also providing fun play things which are relevant and trendy.

Science Safari Inc.
1255 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary
Find toys that help kids navigate the physical and natural world around us at the science and nature specialty toy store.

Glee Kids
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill
This children’s clothing and toy boutique offers toys and accessories that will delight all the children in your life.

Crowemag Toys
3721 Lynn Rd., Suite 110 Raleigh
Vintage and modern toys, collectibles and comics for kids of all ages. Inventory is comprised of items brought in by locals to sell or trade, or from yard sales, flea markets and conventions.

Nick’s Trains
5201 Oak Park Rd., Raleigh
Check out this family owned and operated business dedicated to serving toy and model train enthusiasts.

Teach Me Store
3520 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
Over 12,000 square feet of fun and engaging products including children’s books, games, puzzles, arts and crafts, building sets, science kits and teacher and classroom supplies.

Tic Tac Toys
Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., #2118 Raleigh
Offering brands like Melissa & Doug, Funko, Tomy, Wild Republic, EuroGraphics, Bioworld, Educational Insights and more.

Atomic Empire
3400 Westgate Dr., Durham
Geared toward older kids through adult kids-at-heart, find board games, cards, role playing games, miniatures games, modeling supplies and accessories like dice and mats.

770 9th St., Durham
Find books, puzzles, pretend play accessories, and developmental toys galore.

Learning Express
Cary, Durham, Raleigh-Falls Pointe, Raleigh-North Hills
These shops–while franchises of a national store–are locally owned, so they deserve to be included here, too. All four Triangle locations are owned by the same family and they take pride in calling themselves a “neighborhood toy store” because they love toys as much as your kids do.

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