Shreveport toy store to close after 66 years

Shreveport toy store to close after 66 years

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport toy store that has been around for 66 years has announced it will close its doors.

The Toy Fair in the 4800 block of Line Avenue announced Monday that the owners will focus on other business ventures and end the toy store era.

The store will host a going out of business sale over the coming months so customers will be able to shop there for Christmas.

The store has been owned and operated by the Baskind family since 1951.

In 1975, son Bobby Baskind and daughter Barbara Baskind Laudenheimer became the store's second-generation owners.

In 2011, granddaughter Julie Baskind Price became the third generation to run the business.

"It has been an honor to be a part of this community for so long and our family has loved helping create childhood memories for everyone who has ever walked through our doors. Thank you for letting our family be a part of yours for the last 66 years,"  said Julie Price.

The store has been a staple in the Shreveport-Bossier community for decades. For many, it's been much more than just a store.

"It's a staple. Everyone knows what Toy Fair is," said Toy Fair Shopper Stephanie Burlison. "You if you're going in there you are going to get personal service. They know you. They know your kids. They know what fits them best," she said.

Evelyn and Larry Richardson said they have been shopping at Toy Fair since the early 60s.

"Ever since I was a [child]. I've gotten toys from Toy Fair," Larry said. "I really hate to see it go, locally owned business. You get things here that you can't get at other stores."

Evelyn went on to say the store was the only place in town that offered special shoes that her son needed.

Whether it was shoes, clothes or a toy, everyone knew it was a special present if it was wrapped in red and white striped paper.

"Any gift that was wrapped in that red and white paper was always a special gift because you knew it was from toy fair," said Katie Clark, Toy Fair shopper.

Just like the customers, the owners are sad the store is closing too.

"Toy Fair is closing mainly because the family has decided to focus more on Splash Pools and Spas. We are going to be expanding in new locations there," said Julie Price, the President of Toy Fair.

Price said there is not an official closing date. She said the store will close when everything is off the shelves.

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