They are a much better choice than the chain toy stores, offering a most unique selection. They have a doll department that patronizes doll artisans and offer some pretty high ends stuff. It's a pleasure just to go and look, but also a danger as I always buy something. For kid's parties there are sections where you can buy favors, but not in prepared packages. You can actually pick and choose, and you can purchase balloon bouquets to decorate with, hats, presents, whatever you need. Check out the sidewalk sale they have every year in August for the best deals!!