About Us

25 Years

Locally owned since 1994...

Thinker Toys is a multiple award-winning toy store in the heart of SW Portland's Multnomah Village and offers a wide range of toys for kids and adults, from puzzles and board games to puppets and trains. 

 

Free Gift Wrap

We have always offered free gift wrapping services -- it's one of the things that makes us special and we enjoy doing it! 

 

 

Frequent Buyer Card

After 12 purchases, we average the cost of those and you get credited whatever that average purchase price was (up to $50.) 


Awards

Thinker Toys is proud to be a two time recipient of Metro Parent's 'Family Favorite' award for best toy store as well as 'Best of Portland' Reader's Poll.

It's About Toys - and People

The Steinbachs

In Nov 1994 we -two science teachers, armed with little more than a simple business plan and a healthy dose of optimism - opened Thinker Toys eight blocks from where we still live today. That first shop was tiny, less than a tenth the size of our current digs.

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. It’s been more than a quarter of a century of steady success selling terrific toys - and hopefully making our community a little happier along the way.
 
We try to be part of the solution. Thanks for giving us that opportunity. We are forever grateful, and we’ll try every day to exceed your expectations - and to be that whimsical place that delights the inner child in all of us.

2020: We are doing everything in our power to make sure that we aren't just a memory - once this virus finally is.

Visit the Village

Thinker Toys Store

Several years ago there were a few tee-shirts floating around that said: "Multnomah Village - Portland's Best Secret." Well, those days are long gone. Now a well-publicized destination - as well as one of Portland's most desirable residential neighborhoods - Multnomah Village is quintessentially Portland, the intersection of local and charming and just a bit off-center.

The village hosts dozens of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and watering-holes - as well as professional services and the rambling Multnomah Arts Center. Parking is available on the street as well as the Arts Center. TriMet buses 44 and 45 will get you here (as will a bicycle).

Thinker Toys has always been committed to the viability of Multnomah. Both Joan and Tye are past presidents of the biz association, and have been involved in developing many events village people have come to love..