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You won't find Monopoly or Jenga at aMuse Toys, but you will find a slew of other "creative, innovative, engaging and thoughtful toys" for everyone from newborn to adulthood, according to co-owner Claudia Towles.

"We don't go with trends," she said. "Everything that's bought is bought with purpose."

Claudia and her husband, Tom, opened their new store in Quarry Lake after their shop in Fells Point was flooded last year in April. With a six- to eight-month recovery predicted by their insurance company, it was demand from their customers that prompted the couple to open the new aMuse.

Prices at aMuse cover any budget, with toys ranging from $1.95 to $500, and the Towleses look for toys with longevity and multiple uses. Some of Claudia's favorite brands include Haba, Zolo and Plan Toys, which are made from rubber wood, a renewable resource. Her favorite toy is the "bilibo," which can be a corner seat, a water toy or anything else a kid wants it to be.

Products from aMuse will be featured on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in September when the Towleses will donate toys to a family in need.

Joanna Brenner

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