“Portland’s Most
Hands-On Toy Store”

In historic Multnomah Village
9-8 Mon-Fri, 9-7 Sat, 10-6 Sun

7784 SW Capitol Hwy Portland OR • 503-245-3936

About Us

Thinker Toys Owners

Tye & Joan Steinbach
*Parents of Kyle (BS, UO 2011) and Ellie (BS, UM 2014)

Locally owned since 1994...

Or how a couple of science teachers opened a toy store two decades ago.

Armed with a short "Start Your Own Business" class, a dozen-page biz plan, and almost no relevant experience, we opened Thinker Toys in 1994. Our own kids were two and five years old.* We started in a tiny 300 square foot space with a month-to-month lease secured by a handshake. We've moved three times, ultimately landing in our current location that's more than tenfold our initial space. We've had two decades of slow-and-steady, tortoise-not-hare success selling terrific toys - and hopefully making kids' lives a little richer and happier along the way.

We knew we wanted to be a "destination" for parents and kids, an out-of-the-ordinary, hands-on store with great service, outstanding toys and a fun vibe. We've worked hard and a little bit smart and had our share of luck along the way. We've come to know many of you and your kids on a first-name basis. We count ourselves fortunate for both the success of the business and our connection to our community.

This has been twenty years of on-the-job-training. Thinker Toys has never been just a math exercise. It's human in scale. We do things that we don't or can't measure - things that surely aren't as efficient as they might be but that feel like the right thing to do. Hopefully our store will continue to resonate with you. So come on in, Shop Local. We're all in this together - right here in Keep Portland Weird!

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What Customers Think...

The Multnomah Village icon won kudos for their free gift wrap, frequent buyer program, playhouse and more. One Thinker Toy regular recited a near mantra for the local toy-buying parent: "They don't carry all the commercial crap that you find at other toy stores."

—Metro Parent Family
(Favorite Awards last 2 years
)

Looking for the perfect Gift? Get A Thinker Toys Gift Certificate!

We will be soon offering Gift Certificates for purchase on the website. In the meantime, please call us at 503-245-3936 to find out how to send one to your loved ones.