A new toy store has opened its doors just in time for the holidays.
The Nolensville Toy Shop, located on the corner of Old Clovercroft and Nolensville Roads in historic district of Nolensville, opened Tuesday, November 5, with toys stocked from ceiling to floor.
"We came up with the idea about a year ago because we have three children and we get invited to several birthday parties and we would love to have something local where we could buy the presents here in our own community," said Owner Heather Bell.
Despite her lack of retail experience, Bell moved toward making the idea a reality.
"It's a learning process, but it's been really fun," she laughed.
In the last year, everything has fallen into place for Bell, including the place itself. The shop is an historic home built in the early 1900s. It was the home of Cap and Audrey Sanders for more than 60 years, and became available after Audrey passed away last year.
"(Audrey) loved children. She hadn't had any of her own, but she and her husband had loved children," Bell said.
She added, "The family thought it was a great fit that we would have children in the house all day."
Much like the house, the toys are reminiscent of a time gone by. No electronic gadgets or games, only play things that spark creativity and imagination.
"We wanted to have some unique things that you might not see somewhere else," said Bell. "We went to two toy fairs and tried to pick out some unusual things, but also some familiar things. So there's a little bit of both."
The shop caters to kids of all ages with wooden toys and Legos, costumes and activity kits, as well as dolls and puzzles. Even Thomas The Tank Engine toys occupy space at the shop.
Traffic has been steady since the store opened, but Bell is working to make the online shopping experience as unique as the shop.
"My real goal is that you'd be able to shop Friday night in your pajamas, pick out your birthday present for the next morning, order it online, and I'd have it wrapped and waiting for you Saturday morning for you to pick up," said Bell.
A grand opening celebration for the Nolensville Toy Shop is planned for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16.