Despite intense competition from big box retailers and online shopping, small independent toy stores continue to thrive. According to this story by Lorraine Mirabella in The Sun, “more than three-quarters of independent business owners said they believed consumers are more aware of the value of locally owned businesses.”
The best independent toy store for my money is Mumbles and Squeaks on
in Ellicott City. The twenty year old toy store has established a regional reputation for having unique and hard to find
“The shop, which is spread out over four rooms on two floors on Ellicott City's Main Street, competes by focusing on quality, customer service and "trying to stay cutting-edge,…"
It's a strategy that works. I've been shopping there for years.