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Best Toy Store 

Readers' Pick

World of Mirth

3005 W. Cary St.

Second Place: Toys R Us

Third Place: Toys That Teach

A Carytown stalwart, World of Mirth thrives on being different. "We just work hard to find unique things that people haven't seen before," buyer and general manager Thea Brown says. Exhibit A: Plush organs — the body parts, not the instrument — because what kid (or adult) doesn't want to snuggle up with a thyroid at bedtime. It isn't all goofy kitsch, though. The store also has a unique take on the classics, including sets of wooden building blocks that are ethically manufactured by a collective in Honduras. Toys R Us has survived the onslaught to big-box retail brought by online retailers. And Toys That Teach has two locations and, as the name suggests, focuses on toys with educational value so you can persuade your kid to learn while playing.


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