Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is a franchise chain of local specialty toy stores. If you live anywhere near one of their 15 locations I highly recommend setting aside some time and stop in for a visit.
The nearest Brilliant Sky Toys & Books location to where we live is about 1 1/2 hours drive time but last week I found the perfect excuse to have a Brilliant Sky Toys & Books Detour as we visited a nearby destination. (It was totally worth the extra time I had to set aside in our travel time!)
In no particular order here are some of the things my girls and I really enjoyed about our visit to Brilliant Sky Toys & Books ::
The Displays – it was so nice to walk the store and see all the colorful, engaging, and not overcrowded displays of toys and books that were logically grouped together. There was also usually a sample or two out that encouraged hands-on play and engagement from my girls.
The Products – besides for seeing many of my favorite quality kids toy brands represented I discovered some new favorites as well. Toys and books that encourage kids to use their imagination, make them think, or help them learn. Basically, exactly the kinds of toys and books we all want to have for our children!
The Staff – I enjoyed listening to their helpful and friendly staff assist some other adults who were visiting the store on kid-free adventures in their quest to find the perfect gift. Even if the other customers hadn’t wanted assistance from a salesperson they could have selected a the perfect gift with some help from the 4th annual Brilliance Awards, chosen by the toy store franchise chain which features a dozen perfect playthings.
The “Extras” – whimsical murals on the walls, a giant fish tank, free gift wrap, an oversized stuffed teddy bear just hanging out in the corner of the book section, benches for relaxing on as you browse your favorite book titles… Just listing them out makes me smile!
Basically our visit to the Brilliant Sky Toys & Books location in Okemos, MI was an all around hit and I know we will be factoring in time for future visits anytime we are in the general area!
Easel by Melissa & Doug :: $59.99 (available in stores and one of the Brilliance Award winners!)
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