Shopping small is a great way to support local businesses and find the perfect gift for anyone on your list this holiday season and throughout the year. Oakland County is home to several independent toy stores that offer a variety of specialty toys and gifts. Check out our full list of independently owned toy and gift stores:
Surprise the little ones in your life with something they’ll treasure from a local toy store. Find classic kid favorites as well as the latest and greatest toys at Adventures in Toys in Birmingham, The Village Toy Shoppe in Milford, and Funky Monkey Toys in Oxford.
For the hard to shop for on your list, check out unique stores featuring Michigan-made, whimsical, and lifestyle gifts at Catching Fireflies in Berkley or Rochester, Green Hippo Gifts in Lake Orion, or Leon and Lulu in Clawson.
Looking for something specific? Check out our interactive map of toy stores and use the legend to sort by different types of specialty shops: Collectibles; Comics; Dolls; Games; Hobby; Magic; Anime, Manga & Kawaii; Blocks & Robots; Toys; and Toys & Gifts.
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Halloween is just around the corner, making it the perfect time to visit Doc Sweets’ Candy Company. Doc Sweets’ is Michigan’s largest retail candy store, and they have the stock to prove it. Familiar favorites like Sanders and Wonka sit alongside classics like Zagnut and Jujubes. Fully prepared for the Halloween season, they offer a wide variety of candy fit for this time of year, from bulk containers filled with Candy Corn, Jelly Pumpkins, and Mellowcreme Harvest Mix, to wrapped chocolates meant to look like happy pumpkins or spooky skeletons. They even have treats like real bugs that are farm raised and seasoned like potato chips.
Take a look at our preview of this huge candy shop in Clawson:
Doc Sweets’ Candy Company is Michigan’s largest retail candy store and they have the stock to prove it. Familiar favorites like Sanders and Wonka sit alongside old-time classics like Zagnut and Jujubes. A seemingly-endless row of brightly-colored Jelly Belly dispensers line the store’s north wall, and the cheeky faces of Pez dispensers look out over the shop from a lofty perch. With all of the offerings, deciding what treat to pick can make one feel like…a kid in a candy shop.
There are many sweet things to see and do in Oakland County, but for those looking to satisfy their
deepest candy cravings, Clawson’s Doc Sweets may just have the right prescription.
“I love it when people come in and are just amazed by candy that they haven’t seen before or candy that they haven’t seen in years,” said Jennifer Boughton, a Doc Sweets manager and seven-year veteran of the candy trade. “A lot of older customers will come in and say: ‘I haven’t had this since I was a little girl.” Continue reading
The October 9th submission deadline is fast approaching for the MI Great Artist™ contest . It’s easy to enter online with photos of your work and descriptions of the pieces. The contest is open to any artist living, working, or attending school in: Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, and Wayne Counties. Continue reading