And a third-generation Kipper, Lily, now works in the store with her father and occasionally her grandfather, which means Kip's Toyland could last another 70 years. You couldn't think of anything more fun than that.
When the bell at Hancock Park Elementary rang, Cohen and his pals hoofed over to Kip's Toyland to fiddle with the yo-yos and tops and try their luck on the hula hoops. They'd kill an hour or 90 minutes in the store and never seemed to wear out their welcome with the owner, who was known to his customers simply as Kip.
When I first wrote about Kipper in , my angle was his knack for survival. A giant FAO Schwarz had just opened a short stroll from his store, but he was undaunted, believing that classic toys and personal service, with free gift-wrapping, would give him the edge. The FAO Schwarz went out of business, and Kip's Toyland endured, selling Lincoln Logs and Tinkertoy sets and Carrom Game Boards, with Kip himself offering demonstrations to customers who didn't see the full possibilities of a creative mind.
Then came Amazon and the rest of the Internet challenge; Kip's Toyland, unfazed, is gearing up for its 70th holiday shopping season. When we sell something, we peel a sticker off But her father, Don, wondered if she wanted to give it a try for a while.
Lily has been running the store with her dad for four years now, and her grandfather visits the store every couple of weeks to see how it's going. When she was younger, Lily says, she asked her grandfather why he didn't sell video games. Some of them were too violent, he said, and he didn't approve. As for Kip, names and dates are hard to keep straight these days, and his visits to the store are brief and less frequent. When Kip saw his family and well-wishers, the fog cleared a bit and the significance of the day gradually became clear to him, Gertrude says.
The World War II Air Force pilot enjoyed some cake and ice cream, and then had another helping, as shoppers filed through the store he started in the month of October in the year Skip to content. The Kipper family is all smiles at the 70th anniversary party for Kip's Toyland. Andrei Amodia. The month was October. The year was Kipper's letters home, to his wife, Gertrude, never mentioned any of that. Kip's Toyland has turned Thomas Asbridge. Hugh Sebag-Montefiore.
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