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.