Orignally opened in 1983, The Wizard’s Chest drew inspiration from the fantastic world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. Staring in just 850 square feet, the store would grow to become much more than just a local toy store. It would become an 8,000 square foot magical castle in the heart of Denver. The Castle is now two floors of whimsical, colorful escape from the drab concrete of daily drudgery. Outside, visitors are met by a metal sculpture wizard as they cross the drawbridge to the main entrance. Inside, they are greeted by the wizard, Winchester Slatebeard. Clothed in his most exquisite purple velvet and wielding a crystal ball tipped staff, Winchester has been helping to mind the store since the beginning.
The entirety of the upper environs of the castle is devoted to our costume, make-up and accessory departments. There are hundreds of complete costumes for customers for sale, as well as hats, wigs and masks to help complete your look. The Wizard’s Chest also boasts a complete theatrical make-up counter, with high quality, professional-grade products, and a knowledgeable staff to answer your questions. Dress-up and creative play is a wonderful part of being a kid. At The Wizard’s Chest, knights, princesses, astronauts, and superheroes are always in good supply to help a world of make-believe come to life.
The lower realms of The Castle is where you will find all of those other wonders! A hands-ON play environment is encouraged throughout the whole store, and it is a rare day if you do not find someone juggling, spinning a Diabolo, or playing a new game with a staff member. Wind-up toys rattle across table tops, one of the in-house magicians astounds a budding Houdini, a young engineer buys her first solar robot kit, and a group of friends conquer an army of orcs in the corner. Just another beautiful day at The Wizard’s Chest! New games are open for perusal, as well as magic tricks, books, jigsaw puzzles, puppets, stuffed animals and science toys.
Because community is important to us, and because we love to make new friends, The Wizard’s Chest hosts a number of open play events and clubs. You’ll find weekly groups for Magic: The Gathering, Pokemon, chess and role-playing games here at the shop. Regular pre-release events and other tournaments are held for die-hard players as well. In the summer, we also host a club for juggling, yo-yos and other skill toys, where you can hone your skills in a fun, supportive environment.
Over the years, The Wizard’s Chest and its customers have grown up together and new generations of parents have spread the joy of “stopping by The Chest” to their children. For over thirty years, the store has been graced with laughter and joy. The success of The Wizard’s Chest is the result of willingness of the owners, management and staff to constantly strive to provide the best service and products for our customers…sprinkled with just a bit of fairy dust!