Unique Toy Shop on Main Street in Canandaigua has been a favorite family landmark for many years. In March 2008, Katy McCarthy-Hodock bought the magical toy emporium from its former owner, Char Davis.
“I’d worked part-time for many years at a toy store in Fairport. I loved the kids, the books, the toys and the people that came into the store. It just became a part of me. When that toy shop changed hands, I decided to strike out on my own. I wrote a letter to Char saying that if she ever wanted to sell her shop, I’d be interested.”
It turns out Katy’s letter was well-timed because Char was ready to sell Unique Toy Shop in order to spend more time with her husband, who had already retired. That was about six months before Katy bought and opened the store.
“Christmas 2007, my husband gave me a small wrapped present. Inside the box, was a little wooden hippo…a symbol that my Christmas gift from him was the toy store!”
If you’ve ever seen Unique Toy Shop’s advertising and signage, you’ll notice the little hippo is part of the logo her husband created, in green, because it’s Katy’s favorite color.
Katy retains the magic of the original Unique Toy Shop. You can still discover the amazing selection of fun, educational and innovative toys you’ll find in few other stores, ‘though she is slowly adding her signature to the store. She loves to bring in new and different toys targeted at children from birth to age 10, but she also has a large clientele of adults who love the amazing selection of puzzles and games.
Some of the brands she carries included Klutz, Gund, John Deere, Marky Snarky, Educational Insights, Papo and many more, available online, and in the store, located in downtown Canandaigua at 120 South Main Street.
Unique Toy Shop is open Monday- Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m.
A visit to Unique Toy Shop is guaranteed to add the magic of childhood to your day!
Reprinted by permission of DowntownCanandaigua.com.