Best Childhood Nostalgia-Themed Gift Shop - 2000
It would be easy to walk by this small storefront across from the Grand Hyatt, but once inside, one is astonished at the number, variety, and originality of the items. The store's primary focus is books, toys, and other product spinoffs featuring popular European children's characters from the 1920s to 1950s, such as Tintin (Belgium), Babar the elephant (France), and Noddy (England). Other favorites are Asterix and Obelix, the Little Prince, and Wallace & Gromit. Many items are imported directly from Europe and are found nowhere else in the city, and most customers at the 4-year-old store are adults, nostalgic for the characters from their childhood. Also on display are Lilliputian dictionaries, colored extension cords, mobiles, candles, posters, model cars, clothing, and a myriad of kitchen gadgets of ultra-modern European design.