Welcome to Rootin' Ridge Toymakers!


In 2015:

  • We will celebrate 40 years of toy-making
  • We will both turn 65
  • Social Security & Medicare will be available
  • Our current lease will be up
  • Our backs are bowed
  • And our hands are tired!

                                         ...a perfect storm

So, on December 31st 2015, we will close the door of our Austin store for the last time.

Until then:

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Meet the Toymakers!

Georgean and Paul in 1976

Georgean and Paul in 2008

Georgean and Paul in 2014

In 1975, Paul was a carpenter and Georgean was a data processor. We had been married for five years, were hand-building our own house in the hills northwest of Austin, Texas and were looking for a way to start "Living the Good Life" we had read about in the columns written by Scott and Helen Nearing in the Mother Earth News. We rented an 8' x 20' space in a craft mall, quit our "real jobs" and started making wooden toys. Our opening day was appropriately April Fool's Day, 1975. By the end of the month, we had sold $150 worth of our original hand-crafted designs. No one was impressed but us -- but that was all that mattered. In 1976 we made our one and only expansion when we moved to our current "expansive" location of 442 square feet.

Now in the 21st century, we are still hand-making the same simple, safe and sturdy wooden toys that have delighted preschoolers for more than three decades. Children who grew up with our toys now have children of their own that they bring to our shop. We have been honored by two generations of Rootin' Ridge customers!

Georgean and Paul Kyle

Rootin' Ridge Toymakers
1206 West 38th , Suite 1105
Austin TX 78705
(512) 453-2604
Located in the 26 Doors Shopping Center
Across the street from the Seton Medical Center

Regular Store Hours:

10:00 AM 'till 5:00 PM Tuesday thru Friday
10:00 AM 'till 4:00 PM Saturday
Closed on Sunday and Monday

December Store Hours thru Christmas Eve:

10:00 AM 'till 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday
10:00 AM 'till 4:00 PM Saturday

10:00 AM 'till 3:00 PM Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day

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