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Photos: Mr Mopps’ toy store celebrates 50th birthday

Berkeley’s venerable Mr Mopps’ toy store celebrated its fiftieth birthday on Sunday (as we alerted readers in our weekend It List, published last Thursday). The store at 1405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Rose, was taken over two years ago by Devin McDonald, son of Country Joe McDonald, and Jenny Stevenson. There were balloons, music, and face painting and Bill Newton was there to capture the festivities on camera.

Thanks from Mr. Mopps’

When Berkeleyside first wrote about Mr Mopps’ toy store in April, we could not have anticipated the reaction. That story, breaking the news that the long-established neighborhood toy store in North Berkeley was closing, had 905 Facebook Likes, 21 tweets and 30 comments. More importantly, as it turned out, it also set a number of people to wondering how they could save the store.