Walking into a toy store typically conjures up memories of my childhood: aisles of Easy Bake Ovens, Legos, Cabbage Patch Dolls, and Hotwheels track sets. However, the newest toy store in town promises something more than a selection of the latest fad in children’s toys. Much more. I’m talking about the Houston Street Toy Company, the latest venture of Fort Worth business owner, Lindsey Ross.
Houston Street Toy Company is located at 309 Houston Street in beautiful Sundance Square. It will sell toys and games for all ages babies to adults. Lindsey is focusing on selling toys that she describes as “the classics”. You won’t find big-brand box-store toys here, but there will be a beautiful selection of wooden toys, puzzles, books, stuffed animals, crafts, and educational toys. When describing her unique vision for the store, Lindsey said, “I want adults to come in and remember the nostalgia of childhood, and for children to come in, touch, feel, play, dream, and imagine… It is going to be magical, from the moment you walk in the door.”
Lindsey Ross has owned Schakolad Chocolate Factory for 10 years. The idea for a specialty toy store came to her through the realization that her customers desired more child-centered businesses downtown. Also, as a mother of two small children, she has her own vested interest in creating a space that allows children to connect to and learn from one another through imaginative play. In addition to selling toys and games for all ages, Lindsey plans to schedule free craft sessions and story times in the future. She hopes that the Houston Street Toy Company will provide everyone that iconic, fun, and authentic toy store experience that downtown has been craving.
The Houston Street Toy Company opens its doors on Wednesday, November 9th. Don’t miss out on the Grand Opening Party scheduled Saturday, November 12th from 2pm to 8pm. We are looking forward to bringing the kiddos, Lindsey (and I’ll be channeling my inner-child as well)!
Christy Ortiz is a Fort Worth native, and proud to say so. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UT Arlington in Interdisciplinary Studies. She taught for FWISD for eight busy years before switching gears and staying home with her two small children. Her hobbies are interior decorating for friends, photography, and flying kites with her kids. Her South American roots and love for the Spanish language and Latin cultures add to the diverse voices of our group.