Monday, May 1, 2017
Photo of the original store by Elizabeth Thompsen on Flickr. Photo of the construction by me.
Irving Toys was a tiny little toy store at 71 Harvard Ave, tucked in between two apartment buildings in Brookline, MA. Ethel Weiss and her first husband purchased and opened the store, and Ethel continued running it with both her second husband and on her own. It closed in 2005 after Ethel died at age 77. Here's a great article about the store and Ethel. Fun fact: the Devotion School, mentioned in the above article, has also been razed and is being completely rebuilt.