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.
Was Ann being modest, or did she just forget to mention the art classes upstairs and Lisa, the teacher who manages kids of various ages and talents all at the same time. For toddlers it can be a first introduction to paint, paste, black cats with whiskers, and making friends over the small sandbox. Parents of younger ones can help, or sit back and relax with a latte. And Lisa is so very patient, and has hugs for everyone. West Seattle is so lucky to have Ann and such a wonderful place!