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Storybook Shopping

Browsing at Once Upon a Time on Queen Anne is like searching for treasure in Grandma's attic, if your grandma happens to be a collector of All Things Childhood. The shop, a converted house, features room after room of delights. This little room is for Baby, with toys and dolls, socks and Pediped shoes. This little room is for cooking, with Zebra Mix and aprons. This little room is for science kits, for puzzles, for crafts. And the biggest room? It¡'s a hotspot for clothes from Hatley. We covet the fun frog print raingear. But we also love the old-school Curious George print, which inspired shop owner Janelle McCrackin to stock a big supply of other items from everyone's favorite monkey.

Once Upon a Time sells practically the entire Melissa & Doug catalog, from wooden play food to plush to room d?cor. The sushi kit is one of our favorite gifts to give young friends, but sometimes we'll go for the pizza.

Halloween is in the air and Once Upon a Time is stocked with a variety of high-quality costumes, including some hand-made by a Queen Anne seamstress. Pirates, princesses, and pumpkins ¡© you'll find what you need for trick-or-treating and decorating your home to welcome the ghouls and ghosties. And this little customer ran all the way home, satisfied.

Once Upon a Time on Queen Anne
1622 Queen Anne Ave. N