No matter how old or young, everyone likes toys. Steve Presser created a wonderland of retro toys, knick-knacks and kitschy oddities on the east side in Coventry back in 1990, eventually settling into the current location in 2004. Then he brought the, ahem, fun to the west side on Detroit Avenue a few years ago. Big Fun's racked up national recognition for its unique brand of nostalgia and amusement, and readers have heaped praise on Presser's pride and joy, Best Of issue after Best Of issue. Nerd stuff, counter culture, trinkets and anything that brings out the child in you can be found at this wonderland that is oh-so-much more than a toy store. Multiple locations, bigfunbigfun.com.
Staff Pick (Best Toy Store): Big Fun
Staff Pick (Comic Book or Collectibles Shop): Carol & John's Comics