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Our Story

New Canaan Toy Store is widely considered to be the oldest continually operating toy store in New England. It is locally-owned by the brother and sister team, Nathan Shapiro and Annie Hedrick, who grew up in Connecticut.


New Canaan Toy Store opened in 1928.  Originally a general store that carried other items as well as toys, it evolved into a specialty toy shop in the 1940s. Since its founding, it has remained independently owned and operated. 


Today New Canaan Toy Store is operated by Nathan and Annie, with the help our family. We bought this store because we wanted to own a small business where we could connect personally with families, and offer high-quality toys and books that help children learn and grow, and most of all have fun. 

We have free street parking available in front of the store on Park Street and in the CVS parking lot on Cherry Street. 


In a rush? We offer curbside service.  Call ahead and we’ll bring your purchase right to your car. 


We also, of course, wrap gifts. 


We thank you so much for picking the New Canaan Toy Store and reading about our story. Stop by any time! 


Store Hours

Monday - Friday 10 AM - 6 PM

Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM

Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM


Our Products

Toys are critical to a child’s development. That’s why everything in our store is hand-picked and carefully considered. We offer a wide range of toys from fun impulse purchases to high quality, safe and well-made toys and games. We’re always on the lookout for new and innovative items for all age groups. 

Highlights from the Store:


Book Nook


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