If the concept of looking only with your eyes is not in your kids’ repertoire, you’ve found your home in Portland Pastimes, the newest toy store in town. You’ll soon be exploring, testing and playing the latest games and toys right alongside your little crew. Read on to get the scoop on this Hollywood District’s latest addition.

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Past Pastimes
Dave Hillis, a local dad and former hacky sack (aka footbag) professional owns and operates the store with his wife, Christi, and other family members. (Yes, hacky sack professionals do exist, and who better to operate a toy store than someone who once made a living doing something that most people do for fun?) And if that doesn’t make him qualified enough, how about growing up in a toy store? Hillis, whose parents have owned hobby shop Mountain Pastimes in Nevada City, Ca since he was 12, definitely fits the bill.

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Yes, Please Touch
Now in his 40’s, Hillis is drawing on his childhood experience and his parents’ guidance to position Portland Pastimes as not just a toy store, but a community hub and knowledge center for family entertainment. It’s a place to hang out, which Hillis encourages customers to do, whether that’s sitting down for some vintage video games or testing out the latest and greatest.

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What’s In Store
In addition to an excellent selection of board and card games, you’ll find gag gifts and jokes, puzzles, educational games, classic wooden toys, magic sets, kites and high quality skateboards, to name a few. Watch the website for future in-store demos and events and kid-rated toy reviews.

Portland Pastimes
1925 NE 42nd Ave., Ste. B
Portland Or 
Online: portlandpastimes.com 

Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Have you checked out this amazing new store yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

–Ty Adams