Stay calm and play more games—Kootenay stores will deliver them!

There’s an abundance of gaming and toy stores throughout the Kootenays

by Julie Matchett
Erin Dalton holding cat in her bookstore.

Erin Dalton, owner of Huckleberry Books in Cranbrook, and Max the cat. The local bookstore is "closed but open" during this challenging time for the convenience of customers. — Virginia Rasch photo

Storefronts in the Kootenays may be closed, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many toy and gaming stores in the Kootenays that are showing innovations in these challenging times. One shop has parked its goods in a nearby pharmacy, and another store is offering video personal shopping trips.

Being stuck at home doesn’t have to be boring! From simple puzzles for toddlers to almost-impossible-to-piece-together jigsaws that will challenge the most patient person, there’s a game for everyone. Purchase a new family-friendly board game (or one for the adults), STEM toys for the kids, puzzles, models or maybe a cool science kit.

We’ve compiled a list of toy and gaming stores across the region that are “closed but open” to customers. Orders can be shipped or picked up curbside, and in some cases, delivered locally.

East Kootenay

Cranbrook


Bumble Tree
: 33 - 10th Avenue South, 250-489-4499

Not sure exactly what you need? Set up a video personal shopping session with us! Birthdays don’t stop for pandemics. Have your gift wrapped and delivered straight to the recipient for free. Free local delivery. Order from our website, Facebook or email: [email protected]

Huckleberry Books: 16 - 9th Avenue South, 250-426-3415

Our door is closed, but the books are still here—call, email or order through our website, and we'll arrange curbside pickup or delivery. We'll pack your order up, and you can pay over the phone or by e-transfer. All your orders are picked and packed with properly washed hands and liberal applications of sanitizer in-between. Thanks for supporting local businesses as we find new ways to serve you. Stay well!

Max the cat in a box.

Even Max the cat from Huckleberry Books is eager to help with home book deliveries! — Photo courtesy Huckleberry Books Facebook page

Creston


Creston Card and Stationery
:
 1124 Canyon Street, 250-428-2568

Give us a call and we will do our best to help you get what you need. We are able to take credit card payments over the phone, and we can run orders out to your car or deliver in-town for purchases over $50. The Indigenous Collection from Canadian Art Prints has knocked it out of the park with their new products this spring! New arrivals include journals, list pads, puzzles, small stickers, magnets plus an amazing selection of art prints. Call us at 250-428-2568 or email [email protected]

Fernie


Grow Fernie Children’s Boutique
:
 482 2nd Avenue, 250-423-4769

Online orders packaged in paper bags.

Online orders are ready to be delivered at Grow Fernie Children's Boutique. — Photo courtesy Fernie Children’s Boutique Facebook page.

We will continue to fill online orders and will deliver locally. Looking for fun outdoor toys? Our Hape’s Outdoor series of toys will bring new levels of excitement and adventure to any excursion or play day.

Golden


The Jungle Room
: 517B 9 Avenue North, 250-344-4601

Message us and we can do curbside pickup or delivery within town limits. We carry Melissa & Doug activity pads and colouring books.

Invermere


Main Street Fun & Games
: 1225 7th Ave, 250-342-3440

Display of games at Pharmasave.

Kudos to neighbourly businesses who offer to share space! A display of Main Street Fun & Games's best-selling titles is on show at Invermere Pharmasave. — Photo courtesy Main Street Fun & Games Facebook page

Our store may be closed but we firmly believe “Stay calm and play more games!” There’s still awesomeness arriving every day! A million thank you’s to Invermere Pharmasave for sharing their space and letting us stock puzzles, crafts and games on their shelves. Or you can Facebook message us and we can deliver to your door. Delivery is free in Invermere and $5 for out of town.

Kimberley


Treehouse Toy Co.
: 230 Spokane Street, 250-432-9493

Who's up for a science project? Maybe a STEM-focused activity or a fun board game? We have a huge selection of games that can be delivered right to your doorstep in Kimberley and Cranbrook. If you have questions or would like to place an order, give us a call!

West Kootenay

Nelson


Secret Garden Toys
455 Ward Street, 250-352-9114

Wall of puzzles.

If it's puzzles you're seeking, Secret Garden Toys in Nelson has a huge selection of jigsaws for every age. — Photo courtesy Secret Garden Toys Facebook page

We carry an extensive selection of Ravensburger puzzles, brain games, STEM toys and much more.  To place an order, please call us during working hours at 250-352-9114, email at [email protected] or you can send a private message via Facebook. At this time, all purchases will be for pickup ONLY. If you are really in need and don't have the ability to pick up your order, please reach out and we will do our best.

Mountain Baby: 636 Baker Street, 1-888-990-2292

Display of card and board games.

Revelstoke business, Legends and Heroes Toys & Apparel, stocks a great selection of card and board games to keep kids busy. — Photo courtesy Legends and Heroes Facebook page

Since 1994, Mountain Baby has helped little kids to learn, grow and play outside. Our storefront is closed, but we are still shipping out web orders. Free delivery available (minimum $25 order)  to local customers in/near Nelson and Rossland.

Revelstoke


Legends and Heroes Toys and Apparel
: 315 Mackenzie Avenue, 250-837-4259

We offer a wide range of toys, board games for all ages, puzzles, crafts, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon and so much more. We also offer board game rentals— try before you buy! If you are looking for something in particular, give us a call.

Grand Forks


The Board Room Cafe
353 Market Avenue, 250-442-2728

Wall of board games.

The Board Room Cafe in Grand Forks definitely lives up to its name! In addition to a game library of 500+ titles in-store, you can also order new games to be delivered to your home. — Photo courtesy Board Room Cafe website

The Board Game cafe is the Boundary region’s first cafe featuring bistro style food, artisan coffee and a game library of 500+ titles to play. We also stock tons of games for sale for you to take home! We’re currently closed, but takeout, curbside delivery and free home delivery is available. Yes, you can order games/puzzles to be delivered to your house. (New, for purchase only. Our rental games are on self-quarantine.)

Trail


The Crockett Book Company
: 109-8100 Rock Island Highway, 250-364-1123

Books! Puzzles! Games! Call us or place your order online (www.crockettbookco.com) and pickup at our outside back door. Open 9 to 5 Monday to Friday (storefront is closed) for personalized shopping.

 

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