PlayMatters Keeps the Fun Times Rolling Under New Ownership

PlayMatters Keeps the Fun Times Rolling Under New Ownership

Posted by aarnold on Mar 3rd 2021

Beloved Pepper Pike toy store will continue to delight shoppers & gift givers

PEPPER PIKE, OH—March 3 2021—PlayMatters, Inc., a specialty shop that sells premier quality toys, games, puzzles, and dolls from the best toymakers from around the world, today announced new ownership. Through a private transaction, Michael Ziegenhagen has transferred the business to fellow Moreland Hills residents and neighbors, Sean and Angela Arnold, effective March 1, 2021.

“If you attend any child’s birthday party on the East side of Cleveland, the chances are very good you’ll spy a beautifully-wrapped PlayMatters gift. Michael began PlayMatters nearly 30 years ago, and created an institution known for its amazing customer service and well-curated selection of durable toys,” said Sean Arnold. He added, “His personal connection to the community is why PlayMatters today sells Jellycats, Thinking Putty, Ravensburger puzzles, and Brio trains to children whose parents grew up within the store, too. We are honored to receive this legacy and we will cherish it.”

The Arnold family reiterated their commitment to the store’s current operations and the long-tenured staff, who provide expert, concierge shopping services and free gift wrapping. Mr. Arnold cited opportunities to expand online sales, personalization, as well as corporate holiday gift giving programs. The PlayMatters location in Solon, OH, closed its doors in December 2020, consolidating inventory and staff in the Shoppes of Landerwood, just four miles North.

Former owner Michael Ziegenhagen says, “This is a business that has grown with me, my wife, and our three girls, and I am so proud of my decades as a business owner in this community. We recognized the strong entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen of Sean and Angela, who can continue to grow PlayMatters. Our local community is special because they value high quality toys that stimulate imagination and development, and they shop locally with us because the best toys are the ones that bring families together.” The Arnolds are parents of two Orange Schools students, grades eleven and seven.

PlayMatters has been consistently rated the best toy store by Northeast Ohio Parent magazine and engages with thousands of followers on its Facebook site and via other social media. The store continues regular hours seven days a week.

About PlayMatters

Since 1992, PlayMatters, Inc., has helped friends and families find delight in play time. Located in Pepper Pike, OH, the shop carries a diverse selection of premium building toys, puzzles, dolls, games, fidgety things, outdoor fun, and board games that appeal to babies, kids and teens, grownups and everyone in between. Expert staffers will help you choose the perfect item to say what’s in your heart, whether it’s Whee!, Wow!, or I love you.

For gift ideas, subscribe to the company’s seasonal catalogs or shop online at


Angela Arnold

PlayMatters, Inc.