There is nothing like walking to an old fashioned toy store with your child. At Palo Alto Sport Shop, the children are welcome, and there are even touchable displays for them. \r
Yes, they cannot compete with the bulk of merchandise at a chain store, but they make up for it in selectivity, editing out some of the junk that is available for kids. They add the personal touch to their service as well. And the free wrapping jobs make rushing in just before a birthday party a cinch.\r
Prices are slightly higher than chain competitors, but it's worth it to avoid the crowds. Plus, if you watch the local papers and Children's Theatre programs, coupons for their store abound.