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It's all in a name at Cleveland's Big Fun stores

It’s that time of year again. Children (and adults) everywhere are starting to think up their wish lists for the fast approaching holiday season. Every year it seems the list gets bigger and bigger, but you might start to run out of ideas for that perfect gift. And you may want to avoid the big box stores with all the crowds. One local Cleveland store has the solution for you.

The Big Fun Store in Cleveland is exactly as their website states: “ A cornucopia of delights, a cathedral of counter-culture, a warehouse of nerdabilia and nostalgia.”

In other words, the Big Fun Store is exactly what the name implies. Named by Playboy magazine as on of 20 “coolest stores”, Big Fun offers everything from joke and gag gifts and retro candy to greeting cards, books and Cleveland neighborhood souvenirs. One step into the store and you are greeted with wall to wall of toys and goods, both expected and unexpected, in all sizes and price ranges.

On one visit, I was able to find some favorite childhood toys that I just had to have, and truly had believed no longer existed. I stumbled across them just browsing, but even without the excitement of finding them, my heart was pounding with delight for all that was around me.

From big kids to little kids, you are sure to find something for everyone at Big Fun. Their original mantra still rings true: Things you don’t need, but gotta have.

And isn’t that what the holiday shopping is all about anyway? If you leave Big Fun without having found a single thing for someone on your list, you must have been walking around the store with your eyes closed. And with two locations open late most days, there’s lots of time to shop.

Located in Coventry and Clifton neighborhoods, locally owned and operated Big Fun also provides a way to support local stores - especially this Saturday when local places celebrate Small Business Saturday for retail shopping. For more information, visit

The Coventry location is at 1814 Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights, OH.
Hours are:
Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 10 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 7 PM

The Clifton store is located at 11512 Clifton Blvd, Cleveland, OH.
Hours are:
Monday closed
Tuesday - Thursday 11 AM - 8 PM
Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM


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