On Saturday, Kat had the awesome idea to take the kids out to Oompa in Middleton to test out their merchandise firsthand. I had a birthday party to attend and needed to buy a present, so the timing worked out perfectly. Oompa is a store that sells, in their words, a “selection of unique, European baby toys.” Their storefront is spacious and clean – an absolute wonderland for a 15 month old and an 18 month old.
Dahlia headed straight for a huge stuffed horse by Jellycat ($44.99) that is comparable to the Pillow Pets you may have seen at your local mall kiosk, but far far softer. She proceeded to carry it around with her (even though it is larger than she is) until Milena and Kat arrived. Then they proceeded to play with the train set and dollhouse from Plan Toys (prices range from $12.99 to $189.99), and a great ball track from Haba ($89.99). Dahlia also really liked the rubber balls from Crocodile Creek ($5.99-8.99) and the Gobblet Gobblers game by Blue Orange ($19.99). I ended up buying a set of organic clay and stampers made by Miss Brittany ($29.99) for the birthday girl. Kat purchased this Alphabet Abacus from Educo ($24.99) that Milena hasn’t stopped playing with since!
Oompa also sells beautiful furniture and room décor. Dahlia loved playing in the Knight’s Tent from Haba ($206.99), while Milena preferred playing peekaboo in a tent made by Lucy & Michael ($319.99). They also both had a grand time climbing in and out of an absolutely gorgeous toddler bed from Oeuf ($594.99) made up with bedding from Dwell Studio ($35.99) and adorable pillows from Zid Zid Kids ($22.99).
As you can see, the merchandise at Oompa is not inexpensive. But the quality, across the board, is high. These are items your child will be able to play with for a very long time. It is also worth noting that the staff was extremely friendly and happy to have two little kids running amuck in their store. They will also gift wrap, and their wrapping paper is very cute. They also have a lot of baby supplies, like blankets and carriers, and supplies for school age kids, like backpacks and lunchboxes. If you are looking for a special gift for your child that will stand the test of time, and you prefer to buy it from a local business with friendly and accommodating employees, Oompa is the place for you.
Oompa’s storefront is located at 1970 Cayuga Court, where University Avenue meets the Beltline, in Middleton. They also have a full web store at http://www.oompa.com/ that has an even larger selection than the brick and mortar store. They are able to take special orders from their web selection and hold them for you at the store. You can contact them at (608) 831-4880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They also have a cool blog where they talk in depth about some of their products. The store is open Monday through Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-5, and Sunday 11-4.