Curious Kidstuff is a neighborhood treasure
Granny Annie (a.k.a. Ann Walker) owns Curious Kidstuff, the quintessential West Seattle 21 year-old toy store, the ultimate toy box that warms your heart. When asked what’s kept her doors open so long? “Guts, happy children and house payments,” she said with a laugh.
Ann sentimentally added, “and to provide children what every child deserves, a place where they can feel safe, comfortable and can explore,” she said amidst a busy, bountiful and whimsical toy store that by the way, beautifully giftwraps with pleasure.
Her inspiration? A childhood neighborhood dime store named Roses where she bought penny candies from sweet owners Harry and Rose. And a kind mother, aunt and grandfather whom, by example passed down values Ann heartedly lives by.
“I’ve always felt connected with children and I think that’s the heart of it. I feel strongly about the gift a neighborhood toy store brings,” she said.
Ann sees a lot of parents and children and is notably impressed,
“I think parents today are amazing, their patience and working with their children. I think every generation improves upon the last,” she said.
For parents, Curious Kidstuff is a reprieve, a treasure and perhaps an inspiration for children who in turn open a neighborhood toy store of their own and at the very least have memories to pass down from one generation to the next.