Just in time for the Forest Park Holiday Walk on Madison Street, a new “pop-up” toy store has opened at 7502½ Madison. 

Harrison Holiday Toys features favorites from Harrison and Company, a toy and children’s furniture firm in Broadview. Co-owner Mary Grace Harrison is an Oak Parker.

The items for sale are the same educational toys sold to daycares and preschools, said manager Tiffany Harrison.

“They are developmentally appropriate for birth to 7, made from recyclable woods and made in the USA,” she said.

For Friday’s event, Harrison will break out the play tables with colorful wooden trains and big wooden push cars. She said perennial favorites include “butterfly silk wings” that attach to children’s arms, pretend food (shish-kebobs are a hit), and chef aprons.

The toy parking garage with crank elevator is another favorite, she said. “Grownups don’t get excited about parking garages, but 4-year-olds do.” 

The store targets parents and grandparents who searched and failed to find simple wooden blocks at Toys R Us.

“There are no limits on these toys. A lot of parents have limits on toys with screens and batteries. Kids can play with these toys as long as they want,” Harrison said.

“I think there’s space for all different kinds of toys,” she added. “A child can do a puzzle on their iPad, but it’s another experience to get the fine motor skills and work physically to do a puzzle.”

Harrison said the welcome from Forest Parkers has been warm.

“We’re considering opening a store here,” she said. But for now, the shop will stay open just until 5 p.m., Christmas Eve.

Jean Lotus

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...

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