Encouraging play is a major focus of Little Conductors, the Chelsea store specializing in trains.
Whether it’s toy trains big enough to commandeer, trains on tracks, or coloring books about trains, the store offers a variety for young train lovers.
Eric Langenderfer spent four months building the Little Conductors’ trackless train in a barn. He and his wife, Heidi Langenderfer, started out by renting the trackless train for parties. They opened the store in March so that they could have a storefront for their rental business.
The store carries Thomas & Friends and Chuggington railway toys as well as Disney, Lego, Mega Bloks, Hasbro, Fisher Price and Marvel toys. The toys are aimed at preschool to 10 year olds.
“At Little Conductors we encourage play,” said Heidi Langenderfer. “Playing helps develop physical, social, and cognitive skills.”
The Langenderfers say they’ve gotten great feedback concerning the store. Many customers have heard about Little Conductors through word of mouth, while others have seen the couple with their trackless train at festivals and parades.
Little Conductors offers storytimes, play days and movie nights. The Langenderfers hope that the store will attract people from all over Washtenaw County.
The train rentals include toddler packages for ages 1-3, pedal trains powered with hands that run on a track for ages 3-10, as well as a trackless train.
Little Conductors is located at Oak Tree Plaza, on Old US-12 near Fletcher Road exit 162 off I-94.
734-489-5153. For more information, go to https://www.lilconductors.com