The Sentimental Story Behind Nolensville’s Most Beloved Toy Shop
By Madison Rose Lovely
What started as a brilliant idea from a mother of four has become the most beloved toy shop in Williamson County. The Nolensville Toy Shop started as an idea when the owner, Heather, desperately needed a birthday gift in a pinch! Surprised by the lack of places to buy great kid’s gifts locally, she decided she wanted to create a place where folks could run in, find a quality present, have it gift-wrapped and be on their way! Located in a picturesque antique home, they have turned this iconic Nolensville landmark into the most magical toy store you’ve ever seen.
The moment you walk into this shop, you are transported back to your childhood as your imagination runs away with itself. Each corner has exceptional attention to detail as they have thought of every gift for every kind of kid. It’s an intentional space, filled with quality gifts, that upholds the definition of a welcoming local shop with a beautiful family story behind it.
Her business is a labor of love that is operated by her family. The whole family is involved in some way, plus her fabulous employees. Most of the time, you will see her long-time employee, Jillian, who keeps everything running smoothly for the customers. Two of her daughters have been on the payroll through the years, working behind the desk. Her fifteen-year-old son helps break down and take care of all the cardboard, while her six-year-old is starting to help label items with price tags. Her husband, a lawyer, helps get the company set up in many areas. He has even worked behind the counter a few times!
Many customers are surprised to find out they offer complimentary gift wrapping all year long! If you hang around, every Saturday in December, they host hot cocoa and cider on their iconic wrap-around porch.
Heather says, “One of the great services we offer is that you can call us, let us know what you need to pick up and we can have it already wrapped for you before you get here. If you are unsure what you need, tell us the age of the child and the price range, and we can text you a few pictures of toys to choose from.”
Christmas time is especially sentimental at the Nolensville Toy Shop, as the shop has watched many kids grow up. A handful of families have been coming since 2013 with their small children, getting photos with Santa and having siblings shop for each other as a tradition.
“We love hiding gifts behind the desk for them so nobody’s surprise gets ruined. We have seen these children grow up through the years so it is very sweet to think of all those gifts we wrapped being opened on Christmas morning!”
The Nolensville Toy Shop also hosts Santa. Santa will be there twice during December, first on December 15th from 4pm–6pm, and then on December 20th from 4pm–6pm. This is a free event, so bring your kids and your camera!
Visit the shop at 9895 Old Clovercroft Road in Nolensville, and learn more at nolensvilletoyshop.com.