Toys r Us ain’t got nothing on this sweet little toy shop nestled in Santa Monica, CA. Sure, there will always be something completely satisfying (and slightly insane) about unleashing your children onto the flourescent lit aisles of a massive toy store, but on a more regular basis, we can certainly get down with the quaint, relaxed atmosphere of a local spot.
Quinnie & B is a store that exudes a whimsical vibe that appeals to both kids and the moms and dads who bring them there. It’s stocked with a wonderfully curated selection of items all divided into categories that include: Stuffed Animals, Crafts, Books, Puzzles & Games, Girl, Boy, Baby and Parties.
Owned by Maire Byrne, (those who are familiar with LA’s westside might know her from Thyme Café & Market and Local Kitchen & Wine Bar) the store is a bright spot not only the neighborhood but the entire city.
Did we mention Quinnie & B will also pick items based on a child’s age and interest, wrap it and have it waiting curbside for pickup? Pretty genius considering the slew of kid’s parties most parents have to attend each weekend, often finding themselves sans present the night before.
Here, Byrne, who has two little kids of her own, shares her favorite toys and activities for keeping antsy children busy especially now at the height of summer.