Do You Remember the Toy Shop?

This week's location to get your wheels turning is the Toy Shop in Bristol.

Businesses come and go in every state and town. But how far back can you remember?

Today, the Toy Shop is a local business catered to children, families and tourists. Located on Hope Street in the heart of downtown Bristol, the Toy Shop offers everything from Bristol souvenirs to classic and current toys. But think further back and try to remember what other businesses inhabited this location that you or your parents may have frequented in past decades.

Post your memories in the comments section below. 

Beth L April 11, 2011 at 10:00 PM
I think it was Buffington's. I remember walking there as a child for 1 cent candy.
Beth L April 11, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Sorry Duffys. Not buffingtons.
Donna August April 11, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I believe the far end of the building was Alger's from way back in the 1940's-1960. Then Mr. Gene Celone owned and ran it. Always fun to go there. The part of the building closest to Buffinton's Drugstore was Conley Jewelers.
Esther Nutini-Demara April 12, 2011 at 05:11 AM
I vividly remember Alger's News Stand. I was very friendly with Mr. Alger's daughter, Helen, and would spend hours in the store when she was minding the place. They were a wonderful family, and were actually neighbors who lived on Cole Street, which was next to Collins Street, where I lived. I also remember Mr. Celone very well. Donn August is also correct about Conley Jewelers. Many years have past, but the memories always remain. Also, Duffy's was located where the Dunkin' Donuts is now located, on the corner of State and Hope Streets. Buffington's was located on the corner of Court and Hope Streets.
chris April 12, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Next to Buffington's I remember a store that sold Catholic school uniforms, it was run by a lady whose name I think was Hilda Ferreira. Do't remember the name of the store. Next to that was the jewelry store and then Algers.
DownTown April 12, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Duffys was where the Dunkin Donuts is now. Algiers and Buffingtons were there but Algiers was closer to where the Y was. Buffingtons was next to the Old Stone Bank which is Citizens now. Wasn't the jewlery shop next to Duffys and there was a barber there also.
Mrs. B April 12, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Algers store, I remember it well. Mr. Celone and his wife were wonderful people. I remember spending hours there, buying Beatle magazines, bubble gum cards, Beatle jewelry and all kinds of great things. Those were fun memories. Not that I don't still visit Wayne in the Toy Shop now. You can get the most unique baby gifts there. One of the best places to go. Love it!
Mrs. B May 10, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Where the bank is now, there use to be a store that sold material and yarn. It was called Eisenstadts.
DownTown June 11, 2011 at 03:39 AM
How long ago was that? Before Citizens Bank it was Old Stone Bank and that was there in the mid 60's
Mrs. B June 11, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Eisenstadt's was in the 50's. My grandmother use to buy yarn there. I remember the wall had large diamond shaped cubby holes full of skeins of yarn. And on the floor were long tables of bolts of material. I was maybe 4 or 5 years old then.
Giordano Bruno June 28, 2011 at 10:24 AM
As others have said Algers was where the Toy Shop is located and Duffys was where the Dunkin donuts is located. Mr and Mrs Celone ran Algers and Mr and Mrs Costa ran Duffys, what wonderful people. I would be a wealthy person had I saved all the comic books I bought at both stores all those years ago, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern,etc...I remember a shoe store called the Shoe Box as one of the business on the corner where Old Stone, now citizens Bank is located. I can remember getting shoes there called "snapjacks" that had no laces but the tongue would move up and down on a hinge so after you put them on you would 'snap' the tongue down to keep them on your feet. Obviously I must have been on the cutting edge of foot fashion in 6th grade!


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