The Toy Box at Scoots

. February 1, 2013.

Fun the old-fashioned way is the goal at The Toy Box at Scoots. The Perrysburg shop, known previously for children’s shoes, shifted focus in 2012, now specializing in battery-free toys perfect for developing “creative thinking. “These are toys kids won’t outgrow,” owner Leslie Chapman promises. “We go to the New York Toy Fair each January, and look for non-commercial based toys. No Barbies or Batmans here!

Baby shower shoppers will love the selection, from silver banks to burping cloths to bibs, as well as the handcrafted booties that line the store window (“Our best seller,” notes manager Emily Servais). The eco-friendly musical instruments, puzzles, alphabets and farm sets are sure hits, as are the Play Box for Kids stickers that turn everyday household items into toys. One wall features a wide choice of hair bows, barrettes, and decorated headbands, and all kids will find favorites among the wooden trucks, trains and animals, kites, face art kits, and recycle kits. The shop also features wall art by local artist Stephen Fowler, as well as cards, notepads, and bookmarks a shopper might want to keep for herself. Saturday morning story times and craft projects extend the fun!

The Toy Box at Scoots, 206 Louisiana Ave., Perrysburg. Hours: Monday 11am-5pm, Tuesday thru Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. 419-872-7547. —CH