In an old house in St. Paul, Mischief Toy Store is setting down new roots. Previously on Como Ave., Mischief has moved into its new Grand Ave. location, which, conveniently for under-caffeinated parents, is half a block from Cafe Latté.
Husband-and-wife owners Dan Marshall and Millie Adelsheim are the brains behind the now-closed Peapods Natural Toys, one of the Twin Cities’ few independent baby stores for 16 years. They are also the parents of four kids ranging in age from 3-and-a-half to 19. Feeling something was missing when it comes to stores for older kids and young adults, they founded Mischief.
“We’re trying to take the idea of mischief to heart — to challenge stereotypes about children and teens,” Adelsheim says. “You don’t just have to buy them a gift card — there’s a lot out there for this age group that other stores ignore. Mischief is a type of toy store we hadn’t seen before, something fresh and different.”
The store’s new location offers games, art supplies, pop culture, anime gifts, outdoor adventure gear, jewelry, and kinetic toys, along with a game and community room for book clubs and other events. Also on hand: a selection of international candy and elusive soda brands, including Japan’s Ramune, and books and comics curated by the couple’s oldest daughter, Abigail.
Watch for a grand opening event on March 19. Adelsheim promises, “There will be glitter!”
Mischief Toy Store, 818 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-493-3307, mischieftoy.com