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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Phyl's of Bristol

November 21st, 2013 3:15 pm by Amanda J. Vicars

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Phyl's of Bristol

“Even Santa Shops at Phyl's.”

As the giving season fast approaches, unique toy store Phyl's of Bristol prepares to welcome holiday shoppers in celebration of their first Christmas located on State Street.

Tall, skinny Christmas trees adorned with tiny toys and collectible ornaments greet customers as they enter the front doors of the store beneath a bright red and black street awning. The holiday spirit rendered through Phyl's interior decorations unites with its ever-present vintage toy store appeal to recreate the childish sense of excitement on Christmas morning for one and all who visit.

Phyl's was first opened in Wise, Va., in the early '90s by toy lover Phyllis Prince, (aka “Phyl”). The toy store for 'children of all ages' has since relocated several times and undergone a few revamps, including Prince's 6- year- partnership with daughter Cynthia Timp.

As for Phyl's recent move to State Street, the two agreed their store's mixture of collectibles, toys and gifts truly “fits the character of downtown.”

Phyl's of Bristol is the only shop of its like in the Downtown Bristol region, offering patrons an extensive selection of seasonal gift options ranging from a full line of collegiate items - all the ACC and SEC schools are represented as well as regionally-popular schools - to several collectible lines of dolls and mentally-stimulating games and toys for children. 

“We have lots of wonderful gift items both for children and adults,” Timp explained. We are especially proud to carry “toys that are [not only] unique but allow children to use their imagination.”

Puzzles and art supplies by Melissa and Doug are available at Phyl's, in addition to Schylling toy products and Usborne books. The store also carries Thomas the Train and Chuggington brand trains which can be found near the in-store train table where “we welcome the children to play,” Prince said with a bright smile.

Phyl's is also a large dealer of collector's items from sought-after brands like Lenox, Jim Shore and San Francisco Music Box, as well as doll lines from Madame Alexander, Adora and Lee Middleton. Novelties like doll furniture and houses, puppets and paper dolls are likewise sold to interested patrons.

As a  family-owned business, Timp said Phyl's is focused on providing quality customer service and,  because of that, “we do layaways as well as free gift-wrapping.”

The one-of-a-kind treasure trove is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and later for downtown events. To further convenience holiday shoppers, Phyl's of Bristol will be open on Sundays during the Christmas season beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

“We're ready for Santa shoppers anytime,” Prince joyfully stated.

Phyl's doors are open wide and it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Phyl's of Bristol is located at 507 State Street in Bristol, Va. For more information visit them at or call 276-591-1652.

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