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The land of Legos: Bricks & Minifigs caters to young and old alike

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By Deborah Swearingen

Lego enthusiasts are sure to love a new store in Littleton dedicated solely to the colorful bricks, mini-figurines and themed Lego sets.

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Bricks & Minifigs, which opened in December in Bowles Marketplace, is the largest toy store of its kind, according to the franchise’s website. And it’s one that Tom and Lindsey Hayden thought could contribute to the South Jeffco business community. This particular location was the first Bricks & Minifigs in the state. A second shop opened in Loveland in May.

Mainly, the store buys, sells and trades new and used Lego products. The store features a bulk table, where customers can buy missing pieces needed to complete a set. Additionally, it hosts birthday parties, camps and other Lego-centric events.

In a world riddled with online shopping, the Haydens maintain that Bricks & Minifigs is still the way to go.

“We know that nowadays going online and finding something can be easy, so we try and make sure that our prices don’t look really high,” Tom said.

Bricks & Minifigs offers reasonable prices with none of the shipping costs associated with online shopping. The physical store also offers shoppers the chance to inspect a Lego set and know what’s advertised is what’s being sold.

“People get to pick and choose every piece they want here,” Tom said. “ … They get to see what they’re getting before they buy it. That’s another thing that people really like to know when it comes to the pre-owned stuff.”

Birthday parties at Bricks & Minifigs last just more than an hour and allow kids to use the party room, where they design and build a Lego car.

“They get to race them, and in many cases, smash them at the end, so they explode,” Tom said, laughing. “ … They build a new car and start all over and have a blast doing it. They could do it for hours and hours.”

This summer, the business is hosting STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)- based camps that the Haydens hope will get kids excited about learning. As the shop grows, Lindsey wants to organize more events that “kind of gets the community in together building something.”

The idea to open a Bricks & Minifigs franchise first came to Tom and Lindsey when they were stationed on a military base in Oahu, Hawaii. After leaving the military, they had to start over in a new place, and they chose Littleton — mainly for its family atmosphere and closeness to both the city and the mountains.

The pair made work out of fun. While they gear their shop toward families, they recognize Lego is for all ages.

“We have kids that are 3 and can’t even say Lego, and they want to buy every single thing,” Tom said. “ … All the way up into their 70s, people will come in here and buy sets for themselves — not just for the grandkids.”

Want to go? Bricks & Minifigs is at 8966 W. Bowles Ave., Unit V, in Littleton. The store is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. To learn more, visit www.bricksandminifigs.com/store/littleton-colorado.