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San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe to Re-Open Under New Ownership


Alhambra , CA United States

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe will re-open in April in the same location along Huntington Drive. San Marino residents, Andy and Kelley Carpiac, bought the store from Betty Takeuchi, who recently retired after successfully running the business for 44 years.

“We have always loved San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe and are excited to take over,” said Kelley, who has three children with her husband Andy. “Local businesses like San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe are what drew us to San Marino. They provide charm and a sense of community, making San Marino a special place to live – and shop!”

The store will undergo minor renovations and re-open this Spring. Many of the employees will stay on, which means customers can expect the same wonderful customer service and gift-wrapping services the store is known for. The well curated selection of games, toys, puzzles and books will also remain, along with some new innovative products.

“It’s been an honor to serve this community for the past 44 years, but it’s time for me to retire,” said Betty. “I’m thrilled the store will live on through the Carpiacs. I’m excited to see where they take the store and look forward to coming back as a customer.”

About San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe is the San Gabriel Valley’s shopping destination for toys, books and gifts for children of all ages. It’s our mission to provide a store with unique, innovative and quality games, toys, puzzles and books that expand children’s imaginations.

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