Here at the Mamas Network, we recommend you buy as local as possible. One great way to do that is to buy from local independent toy stores. We chatted with Josh Muskin, a local area toy rep recently who told us, “These businesses are there for their community all year round — so while sales at the big box stores may be tempting, don’t forget the amazing customer service you’ll get at a local shop. Ask your local shopkeeper for toy recommendations – they know their products and will always know the perfect gift for a child!”
1. Fun Stuff Toys in Seaford
This store has great in-store toy demos. Owner Mike Timko will demonstrate a toy in the middle of the store to show a parent how awesome it is. They have a tremendous variety, great staff, and convenient parking.
Where: 3639 Merrick Road Seaford, NY 11783
The most beautiful toy store in Long island. Be on the lookout and take advantage of their “Funky Deals” They offer an impressive book section and the most amazing gift wrapping (thick paper, high quality).
Where: 360 Wheatley Plaza Greenvale, NY 11548
Info: (516) 484 -0966 Funky Monkey in Greenvale
Mattys has 7 locations on Long Island, the main one being in Hewlett. This family- run business is the best combination of mass and specialty toys. If you see it on TV, it’s in these stores — if it’s a specialty board game, it’s in these stores.
Where: 1350 Peninsula Blvd Hewlett, NY 11557
Info: (516) 295-2555 Matty’s Toy Stop
4. Lainie’s Way in Port Jefferson Village
See our recent review here.
Where: 109 Main Street Port Jefferson Village, NY
Info: (631) 474-5558, or firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Fantastic Kids in Great Neck
Great Neck’s local beautiful toy store that also has a sister in Manhattan.
Where: 50 Middle Neck Rd Great Neck, NY 11021
Contact Info: (516) 504-1158
6. Stevenson’s Toys and Games in Southampton
A Southampton staple, you can get lost in this store! From floor to ceiling, the location has been a toy store for 100 years and they are fully stocked for any gif giving need.
Where: 68 Jobs Lane Southampton, NY 11968
Contact Info: Website – (631) 283-2111
7. Second Star to the Right in Bridgehampton
Owner Marianne Kearns moved into the Bridgehampton Commons Shopping Center, gutted and redid her store and it’s GORGEOUS! There’s a Terrific staff and is part of the Good Toy Group, which sets a standard for quality and product choice.
Where: 2044 Montauk Hwy #11 Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Info: Website – Website (631) 537-6111
8. Dolphin Bookstore in Port Washington
This Port Washington institution has terrific windows! The store is filled with a killer selection of books, cards and toys. It’s woman owned and operated and a cafe may open up inside of it soon.
Where: 299 Main Street Port Washington, NY 11050
Contact Info: Website (516) 767-2650