Grasshopper Toys Toy Shop one of the "21 coolest independent shops in Scotland"

December 2018

This wonderland in Helensburgh, run by science toys enthusiast, Dr Wendy Hamilton, really is one of the UK’s best toy shops – it even made the top ten put together by travel website, alongside other more obvious names like Hamleys. Here, it’s possible to find a wide variety of toys you just don’t get in the high street stores and chains. Lauren Vaughan of said, “There are very few great independent toy shops left in the UK and Grasshopper toys is one of the very best.”

With thanks to the Herald Scotland

the Herald Scotland 21 coolest independent shops


Grasshopper Toys Toy Shop Nominated One of The Top Ten Toy Stores Your Children Will Want To Visit

December 2017

"Grasshopper Toys is one of the biggest and best loved independent toy shops in Scotland. Featuring a wonderful range of toys including Brio, Playmobil, Lego, Meccano, Sylvanian Families, K’nex, Melissa & Doug, Le Toy Van and many other brands."

Well, we're pretty thrilled with the nomination, thank you @youneedtovisit

10 of the Best Toy Stores in the UK that your kids will love visiting

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Scottish Toy Shop Named Best In Britain


Grasshopper Toys Ltd Have Won!

April 2015

HELENSBURGH'S Grasshopper Toys' team are delighted to have been named as Britain's Most Outstanding Online Toy Retailer in Corporate LiveWire’s 2015 Innovation and Excellence Awards.

Grasshopper Toys Ltd is one of the biggest independent toy shops in Scotland, stocking some of the best loved names in the toy world but also has an extensive international online customer base for both Grasshopper Toys and for their sister business Curious Minds, which specialises in scientific and educational toys, kits and gifts for all ages.

Company owner Dr Wendy Hamilton said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have been given this award. It is a great honour and we are delighted that all our hard work has been recognised in this way.”

And a spokesman for Corporate Livewire said: "The announcement of the winners list is the culmination of an extensive 12 month search and Corporate LiveWire takes great pride in publishing its full list of winners and celebrating the innovation and excellence these firms, teams and individuals have shown amid ongoing global economic uncertainty.”

Leah Jones and Elizabeth Moore, Awards Directors of the 2015 Innovation & Excellence Awards Winners Guide, were thrilled with the calibre of this year’s winners.

Leah said: “The Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence award winners have not only proved to be resilient and creative but have also shown a willingness to adapt to the ever changing environment of their respective fields; attributes that have certainly been key to the winners’ exceptional performance and success.

"The judging panel at Corporate LiveWire considered the strengths of each shortlisted candidate, setting its sights firmly on the most innovative, groundbreaking and client-focused firms, teams and individuals who have transformed the way in which they do business.

"Each winner was chosen on merit and has shown excellence, innovation and strong leadership throughout their various activities over the past calendar year."

Grasshopper Toys bounced back after a catastrophic fire which seriously damaged the shop shortly after its initial opening and Wendy said: “I was overwhelmed by the support the people of Helensburgh gave us at that very hard time and I will always be grateful for that.”

Since then Grasshopper has gone from strength to strength and now offers Saturday afternoon fun sessions for their young customers and contributes a regular science column for budding scientists in the Helensburgh Advertiser.

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