Pufferbellies Staunton VA For a Fun Toy Shopping Experience!

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Some things are just way more fun to buy in person than online. Toys are definitely some of those things. Nothing beats wandering through the aisles of a toy store specially curated to provide customers with an assortment of fun and engaging items to encourage play and imagination! Shopping with a hands-on approach makes shopping for the young people in your life more personal and fun for YOU! Plus, you never know what you may find for yourself. So if you are shopping for a kid soon, I highly recommend you check out Pufferbellies in Staunton, VA, for a fun experience with a genuinely playful atmosphere. And if you aren’t local to Staunton, don’t worry! You can still get a feel for their eclectic selection of toys, games, and books shopping on their website. 

About Pufferbellies in Staunton, VA

If you are familiar with Staunton, VA, then you may already be well acquainted with Pufferbellies. An eclectic children’s book and toy shop in Staunton’s historic Wharf District. Owned by mother/daughter team Susan and Erin Blanton, they opened the store back in 2006, and it has been a Staunton mainstay ever since. (Fun fact: their family also owns the famous gelato shop, The Split Banana, Co., right up the street from Pufferbellies!)

A former children’s librarian, Susan focuses on selecting books for the shop while Erin handles the toys. 

“Pufferbelly” is a nickname for a steam train, popularized by a children’s folk song. The store’s location was so close to Staunton’s historic train station, so they named the store Pufferbellies as an homage! 

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Pufferbellies is known for its wide variety of toys and books. They have TONS of interactive sensory toys for kids (and kids at heart) who enjoy fidgeting with something silly and squishy. You can encourage your logical players with a fun and challenging puzzles and get the entire family playing with an excellent array of games appropriate for different ages. 

Pufferbellies Staunton, VA carries an assortment of art supplies, coloring books, and other crafting gifts for the budding young artist in your circle. They also have plenty of journals and notebooks to doodle and write to your heart’s content! And what good would a toy store be without all kinds of dolls and accessories to foster any kid’s imagination! They have legos and other building blocks, cars, trains, airplane toys, and even toys designed to make bath time more fun. 

Basically, whatever toys, games, or books you can think of, Pufferbellies likely has them waiting for you to take them home! 

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In addition to all of their toys and games, Pufferbellies also has a beautiful selection of books. All of them hand chosen by owner Susan. From board books to chapter books, classic children’s books to holiday books, they have something special for every reader. But at Pufferbellies, it isn’t just about the classics. They also have a WIDE variety of books written by diverse voices for diverse readers. Their book section truly reflects the world we live in in a beautiful, intentional way. 

Pufferbellies Staunton VA

Pufferbellies in Staunton, VA has a little something for everyone, and, let’s be honest, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy their store – OR their toys. Stop by their shop or their website soon to feel like a kid again! 

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