Update, Dec. 18: The Berkeley Police Association has closed its fundraising campaign because it more than exceeded its goals. The drive for Toys for Tots garnered $11,114 from 193 people in one day.
MR. MOPPS’ BOOKSTORE We brought you the news in August that much-loved toy store Mr. Mopps’ would be opening a standalone bookstore. Mr. Mopps’ Children’s Books is opening on Saturday Oct. 19 at 1417A Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near Rose Street, and just four doors down from Mr. Mopps’ toy shop. Co-owners Devin McDonald and Jenny Stevenson wanted to expand their selection of books in the toy shop and seized the opportunity when the lease was made available at 1417A a couple months ago. The grand opening will include a book signing with Parker Jacobs, author and illustrator of The Goon Holler Guidebook and co-creator of TV shows “Yo Gabba Gabba” and the “Aquabats!” Customers can also purchase silk screens of the bookstore’s new poster, which was designed by Jacobs (pictured left). There will also be face and glitter painting for children. The grand opening will run from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
By Camille Baptista
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.
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
By Tara Taylor
Mr Mopps’, which has been selling toys in Berkeley since 1962, reopened for business last week after being bought by new owners in October just before the venerable store looked like it might be going out of business for good.
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.
A couple with deep roots in Berkeley has purchased Mr. Mopps’, the venerable toy store loved by generations of Berkeley children.