This morning a friend gave me some disturbing news: after 40 years of community support and business, Mr. Mopps, the beloved community toy store, is closing.
I have dear memories of going into Mr. Mopps. The staff there was always so friendly. I specifically remember this one time when I went in with a 2 year old little boy, looking for a lunchbox for school. He had something very specific in mind, Thomas the Train. They didn’t have a Thomas the Train lunchbox, and it really upset him. The nice woman behind the sales counter came over and said “come back in two weeks, I will have one then.” We did, and she did. We picked up the lunchbox and this little 2 year old boy was as happy as could be.
I find it sad that the era of locally-owned and operated stores are evaporating. The owners want to retire, but can’t seem to find a taker. I am the first to admit that I do shop for some toys online, but there is also something so gratifying about walking into a local store and experiencing the smell and energy. You just can’t get that online.
Mr. Mopps is located in Berkeley on Martin Luther King @ Rose. Please support them while you can.