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Sellwood toy shop expands; doubles display area

Photo Credit: RITA A. LEONARD - Carolyn Miye, owner of Sellwoods Oodles 4 Kids, at right, stands with sales clerk Cynthia, whom she describes as her store angel. Just two years after opening, “Oodles for Kids”, the Sellwood children’s toy and book store, is expanding into the business space next door, virtually doubling its showroom area.

Business owner Carolyn Miye tells THE BEE she is excited to have more room for additional products, classes, and events. “We’re going to expand our stock of science and outdoor items, and books," she smiles. “We’ll also have more space for play tables, where kids can enjoy demonstrations, and try out toys before purchase.”

The colorful shop at 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue is an exciting place for kids and adults to explore. “We focus on affordable learning toys, and sustainability to encourage creative age-appropriate play,” remarks Miye. “These ‘real toys’ are alternatives to digital play for tech-savvy children. They foster interaction and social skills, and open up a sense of curiosity in sensory, science and craft activities. Even adults enjoy playing with sensory items, such as moldable ‘Bubbe’, and Kinetic Sand.”

Current best-sellers at the shop include Legos, books, crafts, and equipment for summer and travel activities. “Interest in science toys, such as Science Wiz (kits related to chemistry, magnets, electricity, and physics), increases more during the Holidays,” reveals Miye. “We're pleased that more little girls appear interested in science, and I want to offer more options for ’tweens, too. I’ve felt kind of squished for space lately, and we’ve had to display our products high on the shelves. Now, everything will be more accessible.

“The space we’re expanding into was formerly the site of ‘Oregon Dachshund Rescue’. With about a thousand more square feet of showroom, we’ll be able to bring in a few larger items that we didn’t have room for in the past. After renovation and restocking, we’re planning to hold a Grand Re-Opening party on September 27th,” says Miye. “Call me for details, at 503/719-7670.”