Thursday, May 16, 2013
New England's largest children's bookstore has moved from Park Street to Main Street.
Park Street Books & Toys has relocated its new store to 504 Main Street. The first thing you notice when you walk into New England's largest children's bookstore, is the massive mural that starts at the door and winds upstairs to the second floor. The colorful and winding mural was created by Montana Gulbrand, a junior at Walpole High School who works at the store, and the customers are talking about it, says owner Jim James. "It's amazing and people really love it," said James who estimates it took Montana about 70 hours to complete the work. She and her friend Keiko are now creating another mural on the outside of the building, and will also do more painting inside. "It's a work in progress," James said of his new space. On a recent …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Tom Angleberger, author of new book "Art2 D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling" will be at Park Street Books on April 7.
On Sunday, Park Street Books and Toys will host Tom Angleberger, author of the "Origami Yoda" books and the new book "Art2 D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling," at the store located at 26 Park Street. The event will include lots of Origami folding and will take place today, Sunday, April 7, at 11:30 a.m. Angleberger has written a great and popular series of Star Wars-themed Origami books, and is sure to wow the audience with his paper folding skills.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Soon, very soon!
Park Street Books & Toys will soon be moving to its new location at 504 Main Street in Medfield. Owner Jim James said he is waiting for the occupancy permit which he hopes to receive in time to open in April. "If we receive the permit in time, we will be in our current location through Spring Break [April 13-21], then we will close for six days [April 14-19] and then open in our new location," James said. In addition to its extensive offerings of books and toys -- it is the largest children's bookstore in New England -- the store is now the headquarters for Medfield spirit wear and will host the community SCRIP box after the move. In May, Park Street Books & Toys will have a grand opening celebration some "with lots of fun and author …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Park Street Books & Toys will be the new home of SCRIP once the store moves to its new location.
SCRIP will soon be available for purchase and pick-up at Park Street Books & Toys once they move to their new 504 Main Street location. "We were asked by customers if we would take it over and we said we would love to," said Jim James, owner of the bookstore which he hopes to move in April. In the meantime, SCRIP cards are available for purchase directly through the schools or by contacting Cathy Chung at firstname.lastname@example.org. Until last month, Lord's Department Store had been the purchase/pick-up location for SCRIP since the program was established in Medfield. What is SCRIP? SCRIP is a kind of gift card program where people can purchase gift cards to hundreds of different businesses and a percentage of the face-value purchase price …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Park Street Books and Toys is preparing its office space and offerings list as the store gets ready to move from Park Street to Main Street.
UPDATE: Park Street Books and Toys has put up their new sign outside 504 Main Street. Store owner says they are still on target to move at the end of March or the beginning of April from their current 26 Park Street location. Original story, Jan. 11, 2013 The face of downtown Medfield is changing -- Lord's Department Store is closing its doors in February and Park Street Books and Toys is relocating to Main Street from its current 26 Park Street address in March or April. Jim James, owner of Park Street Books and Toys says he is sad to see any Medfield business, let alone Lord's which he called "an institution and a tradition," close its doors. "I know how hard retail is, especially with Big Box stores and online shopping competing," James…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
You Ask, Patch Answers: With Lord's closing, where will I buy my Medfield sweatshirts and other spirit wear?
Since the announcement last week that Lord's Department Store will be closing in February, several Patch readers have asked... Question: Now that Lord's is closing, where will I buy my Medfield sweatshirts? Answer: Right down the street at Park Street Books and Toys. Jim James, owner of Park Street Books and Toys, said he has been asked several times to consider carrying Medfield spirit wear and he has agreed. "We will offer Spirit Wear because many customers have asked us to do so and it is a great fit for our store. We are excited to work with Juli Sinnett of Medfield and her company Swervepoint, to supply the clothing," he said. "We will offer a great selection at a reasonable price." James said he was sad to hear the news the downtown…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
The owners of Park Street Books have purchased the former Coldwell Banker building at 504 Main Street. They expect to move by early April.
New England's largest children's bookstore will soon be moving to a new space on Main Street. Jim and Teresa James of Park Street Books & Toys recently signed a purchase and sale agreement for the former Coldwell Banker building at 504 Main Street. Park Streets Books is expected to move from its 26 Park Street location, a stone's throw away from the new store, by late March or early April. Jim James said customers -- they receive about 200 a day -- are excited about the move and have already volunteered to line up along Park Street to hand boxes to one another as they make their way down Park Street and around the corner into the Main Street store. Though the new location is not much larger, James said, "To have everything in one …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Still looking for a last minute gift? Consider something from this list of the best children's books of 2012 from James Patterson's ReadKiddoRead Foundation.
Courtesy of the ReadKiddoRead Foundation Maurice Sendak once said that one of the best things about being a maker of children’s books was that his audience kept being born. It’s true, of course: The great books from years past are brand new to today’s children and teens. But let’s take a moment at year’s end to recognize the books being published now for our young people. Here’s a quick roundup of a dozen highlights of 2012. (For more, visit ReadKiddoRead.com and check out our reviews.) Great Illustrated Books (Ages 2-5) Llama Llama Time to Share By Anna Dewdney For ages 2-5 When the doorbell rings, Mama Llama welcomes the neighbors – the Gnus. While Mama and Nelly have tea, their two toddlers are left with a boxful of toys to play with …
Friday, September 28, 2012
Here's a look at what's going on around the area this weekend.
Friday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. - Book Sale, Medfield Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Medfield Library. Saturday 10 a.m. to noon - Cemetery Walking Tour highlighting historical causes of death; Vine Lake Cemetery. 10 a.m. to noon - Medfield Animal Shelter Adoption Hours; Old Bridge Street (near 99 West St). Stop by and see pets currently looking for homes. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Book Sale; Medfield Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Medfield Library. 11a.m. - Robert Naughton Civic Square Dedication; intersection of Causeway St. and Clay Pit Rd. Reception to follow at The Center at Medfield, 1 Ice House Rd. 4 p.m. - Author Mary Sullivan signs new book, Dear Blue Sky; Park Street Books. 7 p.m. - Million …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
New England's largest children's bookstore is looking for a space to house its nearly one million books after a recent offer on the former Coldwell Banker building was rejected.
Business is booming at Park Street Books – New England’s largest children’s bookstore – and that has the walls of 26 Park St. bursting at the seams. “We have about 800,000 books and we’re constantly getting books in and we don’t have the space to put them out,” said store owner Jim James, a former preschool teacher who opened his first book store in Walpole in 2004 then moved it to Medfield in 2008. He expanded the store in 2010 and is now ready to expand again. “It would be nice to have 4,000 or 5,000 square feet but it’s just not available and it’s not realistic to think it’s available,” said James. “The alternative is we’re going to be creative in finding other spaces and we’ll make it work that way.” James said he will be taking on …