Playmatters is a local chain of toy stores that eschews today’s standard toys in favor of well-made educational toys. Although Playmatters is a seller of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise, it’s one of the few widely recognizable brand names in the store. Many of the toys are from smaller manufacturers or even European companies. The high-quality toys are very carefully selected with the intent of being fun to play with, while stimulating kids’ minds and growth. Their motto “When we play, we learn,” is evident in its selection. Other locations are in Solon, Avon, and Pepper Pike.