There’s only one thing more exciting than a kid in a candy store — and that’s a kid in a toy store. Get ready to go wild because there’s a new one in town that’s packed with games, puzzles, plushes, craft kits, trains … and even candy. Meet Tye’s Toy Store, the just-opened Roscoe Village destination that has treasures for all ages, plus warmth and spirit that will have even grownups hooked.
You might recognize the owner, Kristen Ramirez, who runs the Baby Take a Bow children’s ballet studio located right across the street. Like the ballet studio, Kristen is making Tye’s a true family business. In fact, you’ll probably bump into her son (named Tye!) in the shop, as well as his little sister, Isa.
Everything here is based on family play and the mindset is anything but look-but-don’t-touch. If you’re shopping with your kids, let them cut loose in the hands-on play area. They won’t be far; the shop is small and its intimacy gives it charm. Simple clean shelves and a natural color scheme let the toys do the talking.
You’ll find toys for infants all the way up to adults. Emphasis is on educational playthings, as well as toys that spark the imagination. Expect brain teasers, like Melissa & Doug puzzles and science kits; and art and craft project boxes from ALEX and Creativity for Kids. Popular favorites like wooden toys, trains, cars and trucks, dolls, bubble guns and Playmobil sets make great gifts. For babies, there are plushes, wooden toys and everybody’s favorite, Sofie the Giraffe.
Sports fans will flock to the OYO Sportstoys’ favorite players from the Hawks, Cubs and Sox. Plus, there are full baseball field sets sponsored by MLB that let you play with the whole team. Did we mention the candy? We’re talking Pop Rocks, Sprees and Nerds, to name a few.
The Custom Tees
One thing that makes Tye’s special is its custom T-shirt service. Shop a selection of tees and get your very own message printed on them (if the store isn’t too busy, they’ll do it on the spot). Tees are rolled up and tied with a ribbon, a cute idea for birthday goodie bags or school functions.
The Special Extras
You can get anything gift wrapped for free here, and also count on the employees to put together custom gift baskets based on your requests. Soon, the shop will host special events, ranging from science experiment nights to best friend bracelet making days to story times to LEGO build-offs.
It all adds up to a great addition to one of the city’s most family-friendly neighborhoods. Happy shopping!
Tye’s Toy Store
2238 W. Roscoe St.
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— Kelly Aiglon