Three Great Mom-and-Pop Toy Stores on Long Island

When it comes to shopping, many areas throughout Long Island are known for successful independently-owned stores. As the holidays approach, it's as good a time as any to start taking care of your shopping needs by checking out these types of stores, where customers benefit from a more personal touch than is typically found at larger chains. There are few things as exciting for children than a trip to a quality toy store, so here are three great mom-and-pop toy stores on Long Island to inspire both children and parents.

Fun Stuff Toys

Fun Stuff Toys in Seaford, N.Y. has been around for 26 years, and their focus on customer service is the key to their distinct style. The staff and owner are knowledgeable about nearly all of the toys they carry and will personally demonstrate them for shoppers. The toys include vintage, modern, educational, crafts and much more, and there are enough surprises inside to keep people of all ages enchanted. With its passionate customer care and vast inventory of toys, it's no wonder that Fun Stuff Toys is widely considered one of the best toy stores on Long Island.

LearningTower Toys

LearningTower Toys in Port Jefferson Station embraces the notion that toys can provide just as much education as they do fun. Established in 1996, this store takes playing and learning to the next level by focusing on diverse genres of safe, brain-building toys that can lead to long term passion and absorption of knowledge. Entire sections of the store are dedicated to rare educational toys in topics like the mind, arts, construction and science. Kids and parents have the opportunity to go hands-on with many of these toys and games while visiting the store.

Fantastic Toyage

Some of the best toys are those that transport us back in time, and Fantastic Toyage in Massapequa carries toys that originate as far back as 1930. The shop largely focuses on classic Star Wars toys and collectibles, but they ultimately carry inventory from a wide range of movies and media. From Lord of the Rings to Hot Wheels, the shopper is only limited by his or her own imagination when it comes to finding fascinating toys from any era. In addition to selling antique toys, Fantastic Toyage also trades and buys collections from those willing to deal.

Kevin is a freelance writer currently living on Long Island.