The Tyrannostorus has opened at 1816 W. Baseline Road in Mesa.
The business offers an interactive shopping experience where visitors can browse through prehistoric relics and replicas, such as full-size dinosaur skulls, saber tooth tiger artifacts and an array of fossils, according to a release.
Upon entering the store, visitors are greeted by the replica skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Inside the business are hundreds of natural wonders from the land and sea, as well as a selection of gems and minerals from around the globe. Many of the items are museum-quality pieces or replicas made from animal skeletons and fossils but — unlike a museum — children and adults are able to touch them.
Tyrannostorus also offers kids the experience of excavating fossils at its dig site or searching for treasure in a sluice. Parents are encouraged to take part in activities with their kids, all in a safe and sanitary environment; the store offers a clean up table for everyone to use after activities.
Christian Kaleta, who recently opened the store, says he wanted to offer something that is unlike anything else in the Valley, where children can put their hands on all kinds of treasures and have fun learning about the natural world.
The venue also offers high-end relics and replicas that serious collectors can appreciate and purchase, the release states.
Store hours are 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. The website is tyrannostorus.com.
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