Where Toys and Imagination Meet

"Wow!" It's usually the first word spoken by new customers at Grandma's Toy Box, the only specialty toy store in Emerald Isle, NC. With dozens of hands-on displays and a family-friendly atmosphere, this shop encourages you to spend hours browsing a large selection of toys, games, educational materials, and just plain fun stuff.
"We like to say that our store is the place where Toys and Imagination Meet," says Lee Spell, who founded the shop in 1992 in response to the need for a fun, child-friendly store in her tiny coastal town. Long-time local customers visit the store year-round, but the shop really gets busy during Emerald Isle's beautiful summer season.


Board Games | Puzzles

Outdoor Fun

Playmobil | Lego


Educational Toys



Candy Cupboard

Sweet Treats



Nostalgic Candies


Pucker Powder


In 1998, Lee felt the community might enjoy a sweet treat, so she expanded her toy store to include Poppa's Candy Cupboard which features homemade fudge, Jelly Belly jelly beans, salt-water taffy, and unique kids' candies as well as a selection of sugar-free goodies.


Treehouse Memories


Turning Memories into Magic



Patterned Paper


Pens | Markers


Page Protectors

Scrapbook Kits

You have memories in the making… we have all the supplies and inspiration you need at Emerald Isle’s only scrapbooking store. We stock a large selection of albums, papers, embellishments, and tools for papercrafting from Jolee’s Boutique, K & Company, Bazzill, and more. Crafters “in the know” come to Treehouse Memories for hard-to-find specialty lines by Little Yellow Bicycle, Echo Park Paper, My Little Shoebox, October Afternoon, and Basic Grey. The shop is organized by theme, so you will always find what you’re looking for. Click on “Themes” for a peek. We also have custom paper and stickers for local attractions and schools including Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, NC Aquarium, and Swansboro and Croatan High Schools. Whether you are a seasoned scrapper in search of the perfect paper or you’re just getting started on your shoebox full of photos, we’re here to help. Stop by to see how we can turn your memories into magic!


Turtle's Nest


Local Art on Display

Come and be inspired by the beautiful collections from a variety of Carteret County artists including fine art photography, painting, upcycled art, mixed media, glass art, jewelry, books by local writers, and recordings by local musicians.


Meet Our Artists