Kirk Perez, like many other young boys, always enjoyed his toys, games and action figures growing up. He’s never lost that love, even as an adult and the father of three.
And now, Kirk, along with his wife Nichole, has taken things even a step further. They recently opened up The Toy Chest in Hope where they sell toys, games, collectibles and the like.
“My house has been like a warehouse of toys,” said Kirk, who says he began collecting when he was 7 years old. “I wanted to be able to display them somewhere.”
The shop is now open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed on Monday).
The ceremonial grand opening of the store is slated for Saturday Nov. 21 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 12:30. There will be live entertainment, drawings, light refreshments and fun for everyone. Anyone is welcome to attend this free event.
Formerly in the advertising and real estate businesses, Kirk and his wife decided to switch gears in their life and found the perfect location for their new store.
“We needed a change of pace,” said Kirk. “We came out here and this spot was what we were looking for. Everyone has been great to us. We really appreciate the support we’ve gotten. Mayor Tim McDonough has been especially helpful.”
The Toy Chest is located on 335 High Street in the center of Historic Village of Hope. In addition to action figures, collectibles, unique past and present reproductions of games and toys, the shop offers new items in a family atmosphere not found in many stores anymore. A visit to the shop is sure to bring back a load of memories for adults and new memories for children.
Kirk and Nichole have three children; Lyla, 8, Kirk Jr., 7, and Lucas, 1. Their parents own a toy store. That’s got to be pretty cool!
For more about the The Toy Chest, visit www.thehopetoychest.com.