Cambria Bold
Oct 2, 2008

Peaceful vintage design. Alphaville is a unique little shop that has been around the corner from our home for many years. Populated by toys and movie posters from the '40s, '50s, '60s and '70s, it stands as a paean to an era long before video games, splatter films and throwaway-ism.

They put it very nicely on their website:

A quick glance at this era's toys fills the senses with wonderment, imagination, and above all -- peace. The colors, shapes, & characters all speak for themselves. Nowhere else, in any other period of time in this century, will you find the palette of colors as soft and pastel...

Even in their simplest form and function, one thing we all agree on, are the memories of these toys and what seemed like a million hours of pure fun.

We tripped in last weekend and were very impressed. The store communicates a complete sense of style from this earlier era and offers a totally funky gift and decor opportunity for the intrepid traveler.

>>Originally reviewed by Maxwell on 12.8.06

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