Toy Chest Toy Store in Nashville, Indiana is a kid’s dream come true. Nashville is thought of as a shopping destination. All those sweet little shops downtown invite browsing, hunting, and buying. When it comes to children, however, we tend not to think of it as a real child-friendly place to browse. Let the Toy Chest Toy Store change your mind.
Toy Chest Toy Store in Nashville
Opening in 1970 by Ed and Helen Hollis, the original focus of Toy Chest was to highlight a a 1/4″ wooden scale model of the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, once the second largest circus that counted Peru, Indiana as its home base. Hand-carved by Ed, it was a project that he worked on for several years. Charging a small admission fee, folks could walk in and enjoy his hard work. I am sure it was a favorite with every child that walked in.
Sadly, a house fire destroyed the circus in the 1980s. I cannot even imagine how devastating that would be. The store soon changed hands to Cathy and David Martin. In 1988, Toy Chest moved to its current location, as a part of the Artists Colony of Shops. It’s an awesome area to walk around, to browse, and to feel inspired.
In 2014, Danny and Hilary Key took over the shop. Don’t worry, it is still fantastic, and stays true to the original goal: keep the kids entertained. These motivated entrepreneurs have since opened a second location in Bloomington.
Shopping for Kids in Nashville
After all the grown-up shops of home decor and antiques and specialty shops, how awesome that kids can blow off a little steam in an Indiana toy store that far surpassed our expectations. Prepare to be blown away.
Oh, and if you are traveling with kids, you probably want to make sure to bring along a couple of bucks, too. There is no way you will be leaving empty-handed. We certainly couldn’t. With the fun found in here, I don’t think you will want to, either.
Fortunately, they do have a nice variety. There’s a mix of pricey dolls (doll collectors will need to pay this shop a visit for sure) and toys in addition to some smaller pieces, books, and things that are very affordable. Don’t worry. You can find something–even if you are on a budget.
This Nashville, Indiana toy shop certainly had it all. They had a slew of toys out for hands-on demos. I love that and, truth be told, so did our boys. There’s a lot of good stuff here. I know you’ll enjoy it.
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Toy Chest Toy Store
125 S Van Buren Street
Nashville, IN 47448
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Always call ahead to verify hours before making a special trip. Hours may change seasonally.
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