Learning Express is one of those stores quietly whispered among loyal subjects as the place to go for the gifts that will not be returned. Classic wooden toys by Melissa and Doug, Corolle dolls, cool science experiments, crafts, and Thomas the Tank Engine all inhabit this deluxe boutique. Founded by Sharon DiMinico in 1987, Learning Express prides itself on selling products that educate and stimulate in a kid-friendly environment. This summer, Learning Express will take its fun learning approach an extra step by introducing a new way for parents to choose toys according to what specific developmental skill they'd like to encourage in their child. Look for the "Express Codes" featured in the stores' circulars to find the perfect fit. Special customer services include free gift-wrap, birthday registries, free personalization and a frequent-buyer VIP program.
7288 W. 41st St., Miami Beach
A-Z Toys carries the same hip new playthings as the larger chain stores but with the higher level of customer service that only a smaller business can give. "We carry a little bit of everything," says owner Hezzy Ramin. "Unique items from all over the world." A-Z specializes in stimulating brainteasers and board games for ages 3 to adult, building projects, musical instruments, doll houses, electric cars, and a wide assortment of classic wooden toys from manufacturers like Melissa and Doug. A-Z is also a terrific stop for imaginative play items like dress-up clothes, castle-building sets, and play kitchen items.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
8031 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach
1609 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 3, West Palm Beach
1914 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
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