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Roswell Bells January 02, 2017 17:14

At our Harbor Center location (75 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203) we carry the Roswell "Hope Bells"! The Bells are $5 and all proceeds go directly to Roswell for Cancer research! The "Bridge of Hope" is located in the Canalside area of Buffalo, NY. Anyone who purchases the bells can hang them on the bridge. "

The Bridge of Hope represents the spirit and celebration of cancer survivorship in an iconic Buffalo location." 

Stop into our Harbor Center location today or check out 

https://www.roswellpark.org/bridgeofhope for more info! 


Oldest toy store in the United States? November 17, 2015 09:43

FAOSchwarz had been deemed the oldest toy store in the United States, opening up in 1862. FAO Schwarz closed it's doors in July 2015. Now that FAO Schwarz is closed, Clayton's may be the oldest toy store standing in the United States today! We opened up in 1916, making us almost 100 years old! What do you think about that?

Buddy Balls September 12, 2015 11:16

These bears are perfect for someone who likes to play catch or just snuggle with a stuffed animal.... or both! These bears are $24.95 and come in several different variations. From footballs, brightly colored beachballs, as well as different colored bears! Available in store or we can do an over the phone order! Give us a call today to check them out!  (716)-424-2384 or (716)-633-1966

Summer is coming to an end.... August 19, 2015 14:25

School starts back up in a few short weeks (we hate to break it to ya)... But if you stop by one of our locations we know we can make shopping for some back to school items fun! We carry Locker Ladders in all different colors, erasers, pens, pencils, doodle pads, and more! Come check us out today and see for yourself!(:

Mexican Jumping Beans August 16, 2015 14:17

The Mexican Jumping Beans are back! For $1.99 you get three beans in a cute container! These are available at both of our locations!! Stop by to get your low maintenance pet today!

Don't you worry... July 22, 2015 14:17

Ever have something bother you? Scared of the dark? Don't you worry any longer! We carry worry eaters! These creatures come in all different shapes and sizes. Just write down your worries, put the note in the "worry eaters" mouth, zip it up, and let them take care of the rest!! These have been one of our most popular new items! Give it a try yourself and see all of the worries disappear

ABC's July 21, 2015 17:44

Learn your ABC's with these fun, bright, and colorful magnetic letters! We carry a set of the magnetic letters that includes 120 foam covered letters. 52 Upper case, 65 lower case, and all of the vowels are red. This "Smethport" set is $18.95. "Janod" set of letters have a fun splatter paint effect to them. This set includes 52 letters! The other set of magnetic letters are wooden. This "Mudpuppy" set includes all lowercase letters in all different patterns and is $17.95. All of these sets are available in store and can be ordered over the phone! Give us a call, we are always here to help. (716)-633-1966
 

A trip to the beach.... July 20, 2015 12:49

Headed to the beach this Summer? We have some GREAT durable sand and water toys for your kiddos! These beach toys are recommended for ages 18M and up as well as 3+. These are great if they are just digging up some sand, playing in the water, want to make molds of different objects, or sift through the sand to find some buried treasure! "B." is a great company that is made with recycled paper with soy inks. The "Owl about waterfalls" is $22.95. The "Haba" infant shovel set is perfect for sifting through the sand. The set that comes with two shovels is $6.95. The "Toysmith" beach gear set is only $3.95 and comes with a bucket that comes in a red or blue and includes a shovel. We also carry a few different objects from "Spielstabil", they are $1.75 and are made in Germany! All of these beach toys are available in store and can be ordered over the phone! We have so much more inventory in store, so if you don't see what you are looking for... give us a call!! (716)-633-1966. 

Summer Fun July 17, 2015 12:52

There are so many different activities that your kids and their friends... and maybe even you can do over the summer. Some of our favorite picks of the summer include the Jacquard Tie Dye kit which is $21.95 and can make up to 15 shirts! This kit is made in the San Francisco Bay area, includes a DVD, and is recommended for ages 8 plus with adult supervision. Another one of the great summer items we carry is the D&L Stomp Rocket ultra. This stomp rocket that includes 4 foam tipped rockets can soar up to 200ft. Recommended for ages 6 plus and is $19.95. Just assemble the launch pad, attach the rocket, jump on the pouch, and watch your rocket soar! Need something that is small enough to travel with, can be played with outside or inside? The rocket balloons are for you! These rocket balloons from Toysmith are $10.95, come with 40 balloons (extra balloons is sold separate for $3.95), and one pump. These brightly colored balloons after they are pumped up can be let go and will zip up and down, twirl, and make a farting sound! What's better?? Last but definitely not least are the Magic Bubble Bears! These magical bears are made in Germany, are filled with a great bubbly mixture that creates extremely colorful bubbles. Push the bears stomach and watch the bubble wand pop up. Without mess you can blow bubbles! The Pustefix magic bubble bear is $6.95. We carry so many more great summer items! Some for the beach, a rainy day, books for some summer reading, and sosososo much more! 


Serving Downtown May 31, 2015 14:14

Clayton's has been in business for almost 100 years. Clayton's is well known for their location on Elmwood ave. almost 26 years ago. Now it is time to serve the Downtown Buffalo area once again! Clayton's is excited to announce the opening of our second location in the Buffalo Harbor Center. Our second location will be open early to mid July 2015! Stay Tuned! 

History May 08, 2015 14:13

It was approximately in the year 1916 that Mrs. Katherine Driscoll suddenly lost her husband.  She decided to open a place for repairing dolls to support her 10 year old son, Jim with her cousin Mrs. Anne Nath.

The business did well and gradually Mrs. Driscoll added toys to the business.

In 1926 a young lady by the name of Eleanor Clayton, who had learned doll repairing in Toronto, was asked to work with them. She frequently went with Mrs. Driscoll to New York to buy for the toy department which was now a big business, filled with excellent toys and gifts, serving the people of Buffalo.

 

Eleanor Clayton at 946 Elmwood

Unfortunately, Mrs. Driscoll passed away in 1935, leaving the business to her son, Jim who was now a young married man with two daughters. Jim stayed involved with the business, while Miss Clayton looked after doll repairing, buying and running the store.

In 1949 Jim decided to sell the business to the owner of a hobby shop who wanted to expand his business.  He expected Miss Clayton to stay; however, hobbies were of no interest to her and she started her own toyshop called “The Doll’s House” on East Delevan.

The hobby shop venture failed and Jim took the store back after arranging for Miss Clayton to enter a partnership with him.  They then started the Toyland & Doll Hospital again and it did very well.

In 1951 Jim moved with his firm to California, so he arranged for Miss Clayton to take over the store.  About a year later, there was an opportunity for the store to expand, so it moved to the corner of Elmwood and Bidwell.  The store was noted for its Madame Alexander Dolls and small Steiff animals.  Both products are still stocked in the store today.

The business flourished and she was finally able to change its name from Toyland & Doll Hospital to “Clayton’s Toyland.”

Unfortunately, in October of 1969, she had to move from these premises as the building was sold. She was about to move a little farther up the street to a smaller store on the corner of Elmwood and North, and again Clayton’s Toyland continued in business (with only one day of closing during the entire moving process!).

For some time previous to this, however, she had not been feeling very well, and her brother Bill and his wife used to visit her and help her run the store. She was eventually admitted into the hospital in October of 1970.

 

Mr. and Mrs. C Townsend Wilson

Her family carried on the business until July 2nd, when Mr. and Mrs. C. Townsend Wilson bought the store.  They successfully ran the store for about twenty five years and moved Clayton’s to its current location in Williamsville at 5225 Main Street!

The store was then owned by the Roberts family. The Roberts owned the store for about 22 years. 

Tera and Kellie are now the owners or Clayton's. They were long time employees and are now living the dream of owning a toy store! 

 Clayton’s still holds the whimsical ideals and timeless toys that Miss Driscoll and Miss Clayton used to mold the store some 93 years ago.

Come in to see for yourself!