The Toy Shop of Concord Coming to Belmont Center

America's oldest toy specific shop taking over the space left vacant by Belmont Toys closing.

Belmont will have a toy store for the holidays.

David Hesel, owner of The Toy Shop of Concord, is thrilled to be coming to Belmont where he will offer a new store in the site of former in the heart of Belmont Center.

“We were there last night (getting the space ready) and it’s a great town and a great location,” he told Belmont Patch today, Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Belmont Toys announced last month that it was closing its doors after many years in the Center and being the hub of Christmas and holiday shopping.

In the second week of November, the Toy Shop of Belmont will open its doors at 71 Leonard St., offering delights to newborns through adults, Hesel said.

As owner of the Concord shop – America’s first specialty toy store that opened in 1942 – Hesel said he believes “in the value of selling products to customers that are fun and developmentally correct.”

He is partnering with Deran Muckjian, a Belmont resident and owner of Catch A Falling Star in Winchester and Lexington.

“We’ve known each other for 30 years and will combine our 60 years in the toy industry to bring the best to Belmont customers,” Hesel said.

“The Toy Shop of Belmont will provide the best 70 selection that we have offered for 70 years,” he said.

Joe November 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Wow yikes, Concord Winchester Lexington Belmont, you won't be able to afford to buy anything from this place. It'll even be more expensive than Belmont Toys was. The only customers they'll have will be from Belmont Hill
tess_shiva November 03, 2011 at 07:59 PM
Yikes to your comment - couldn't be farther from fact. Belmont Toys was a fantastic, affordable, friendly place to shop. The new toy store will follow in the same vein. High-quality, imagination-driven toys end up costing parents less in the long run - they are safer, last longer and may be passed down through children. All of our family's Lego's, Playmobil, jigsaw puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. came to us from Belmont Toys - and we don't "live on the Hill". Very, very sad to see them gone.
Alexandra Delaney November 04, 2011 at 01:24 AM
our family is so excited to have a toy store in belmont center. we were very sad to see belmont toys go. we agree that belmont toys was a fantastic, affordable, friendly place to shop. the toys our children enjoy most come from smaller toystores where the owners are selective in choosing great toys that last and children play with for a long time.
K. Bonnin November 04, 2011 at 09:55 AM
Welcome 'Toy Shop of Belmont'. Tess & Alexandra have it right (as to 'affordable', who runs in to Target and actually comes out with just the one toy they need for a birthday party???) Great addition to Champions, Rancs, Marmalade, etc.
Joe November 04, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Just said it wasn't affordable but didn't mean to imply that Belmont Toys wasn't a nice, friendly place. I'm all for mom and pop type stores, but if one can't afford them...
Joe November 04, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Champions, talk about expensive, although not as bad as Brine's


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