Timbuk Toys is a local, independent, Specialty Toy retailer based in Denver, Colorado. The company was founded in 1993 and offers "Toys for Learning, Laughter and Fun!"
Our products, services and stores connect our customers to the joy of play, imagination and discovery. In what we sell and how we do it, FUN is at the heart of our business!
Who we are
Timbuk Toys is ONE company, owned by ONE woman, with FOUR stores across the Denver metro area.
Does that make us a "Chain Store"? The answer is NO! But we do have "strong links" between our stores!
Our four stores are supported by a single operations location. All staffs work closely with one another to provide the most comprehensive services a small, independent business can offer.
At Timbuk Toys, you'll always enjoy our fun gift-wrapping, expert shopping assistance and special services you won't find at a big-box retailer. Plus, you can shop with us online at TimbukToys.com.
It's the people who make us what we are - and that's not just a slogan. We are a team of 40+ people, ranging from students to individuals with backgrounds in many specialties. Many of us work part-time because we are also caregivers to kids and elderly parents. Together we support each other and our customers!
Each store has a manager, assistant manager and a team of sales people. We carefully train all employees to become knowledgeable "toy experts" and to provide friendly, efficient customer service. These wonderful people are the face of Timbuk Toys!
• Silvia, Daniel & Brian- Our Manager and Assistant Managers at University Hills Plaza
• Jill & Elessia- Our Manager and Assistant Managers at Lowry Town Center
• Cameron - Our Manager and Assistant Manager at Highlands Ranch Town Center
• Neela & Sam - Our Manager and Assistant Manager at Lakewood City Commons
The stores are supported by the Operations Staff, who work at the warehouse/business office. Here we process stock, meet with toy industry sales reps, work on marketing, and manage all the behind-the-scenes challenges of running a business.
• Melissa - Our amazing Warehouse Manager! She is a logistics genius and keeps us all on track.
• Jill - Assists our owner, Sallie, and is our "versatility expert" who knows how to help out everywhere.
• Larry - Our IT and Web Manager and hero for all things "tech." Plus, he handles web orders and shipping.
• Mindy - Our Inventory Manager, who perpetually reviews and selects the best toys for our stores.
• Daniel - Our delivery van driver. If you have it, he brought it! He is also an Assistant Manager at Uhills.
The office is where you'll usually find Sallie - the founder and owner of Timbuk Toys.
Sallie continues to oversee everything it takes to make the company thrive. Her many hats include ordering the toys, paying the bills, supporting staff, creating ad campaigns, strategic planning, and defining the values that drive everything from customer service to marketing.
We are proud to be a small business, based on individuals working together to create
A Very Special Company!
Timbuk Toys was started in 1993 as a tiny store on a quiet street tucked away in one of Denver’s old, historic neighborhoods. Families enjoyed the classic charm of the old-style toyshop where children were invited behind the counter to help pull the lever on the antique cash register. Customers often stepped up to the wrap table to help out with the gift-wrapping, and a pair of squawky lovebirds drew as much attention as the toys. Today, there are four delightful Timbuk Toys stores located in busy neighborhood shopping centers where families continue to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and sense of community.
• University Hills Plaza, opened 2015. Was in University Hills Shopping Center 1997-2014
• Lowry Town Center, opened 2002
• Highlands Ranch Town Center, opened 2009
• Lakewood City Commons, opened 2012
Timbuk Toys, the Story of our Stores - click here to read about how the company evolved
Timbuk Toys is a Winner! – All these wonderful recognitions are awarded by vote from various media channels. In business there is no higher praise than what is said by customers, so to all who voted for us,
2020 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Winner "ElevenYears in a Row!"
2019 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Winner
2019 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2018 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Winner
2018 Daisy Award from Macaroni Kid
About the Daisy Award - Macaroni Kid is an online newsletter and website dedicated to delivering the scoop on family-friendly events and activities happening in the community each week. Macaroni Kid in Douglas County created the Gold Daisy Award to recognize outstanding local businesses that cater to families with young children. Members of the community nominate, and vote for, their favorite places for kids. Timbuk Toys Highlands Ranch is proud to have earned this honor for the second consecutive year, and we thank all of our loyal customers for your support!
2018 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2018 Hula Frog, Most Loved
2017 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Winner
2017 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2016 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2016 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2016 Daisy Award from Macaroni Kid
2015 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2015 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2015 Daisy Award from Macaroni Kid
2014 Denver A-List, Best Children's gifts
2014 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2014 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2014 Daisy Award from Macaroni Kid
2013 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2013 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2012 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2012 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2011 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2011 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2010 Denver A-List, Best Children's Gifts
2010 Colorado Community Newspapers, Best of the Best Winner
2010 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2009 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2007 Kid’s Pages Family Magazine, Toy Store Category, “Best Places for Families 2007”
2005 Colorado Parent Magazine, Family Favorite Gold Winner
2001 Westward Best of Denver, Best Toy Store
Ownership and Staff
Timbuk Toys is proud to be woman/Mom owned and operated. The people who work at Timbuk Toys are women and men of all different ages from diverse backgrounds and professions. We hire a large number of students to whom we provide foundational training in many skills, including customer service. All of our staff take pride in creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere where customers enjoy efficient, professional service.
If you are interested in joining our team, please send an email to
Please include which store closest to you in your email to us. We are always eager to find people who can bring talent and strength to our business!