An east Hull man’s long-held ambition to open his own toy shop has come to fruition.
Self-confessed “geek” Gavin Rosenquest has launched Toys ‘n’ Stuff with his wife, Julianne, after pinning all of their hopes and plunging their hard-earned savings into the venture.
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The shop, at 341 Holderness Road, was officially launched on Saturday, September 11, by the couple’s youngest son, Broady, eight, who cut the ribbon to declare the business open.
Gavin, who grew up on the city’s Longhill Estate and now lives on Bilton Grange, said: “Toys ‘n’ Stuff is a family run store, our first ever shop and a lifelong dream.
“You have to start somewhere and we want this to be our first store, not our only store.”
Gavin, who also has sons aged 22 and 16, formerly worked as an operations manager but has always wanted to work for himself.
“When I go around a town, I never go into the clothes shops, I always drift into the toy shops, being the geek that I am.
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“With the existing shops, I’ve found I never get that same magic feeling I did as a kid going into a toy shop. Everything seems generic.
“We wanted to create a toy shop where children look around and feel that same excitement.
“I remember when I used to go into a toy shop, I might look at the same thing two or three times on visits, planning where I was going to get the money from to buy it.”
Toys ‘n’ Stuff will stock everything to interest all ages “from a three-month-old to a 47-year-old who likes He-Man or Ghostbusters”, said Gavin.
“We have decided to actively offer a selection of toys and games that get kids and parents playing with each other again.”
Action figures, creative toys and pre-school educational toys are all part of the offering.
The shop will be asking for customer feedback on what it stocks and will offer a wishlist where customers can leave requests for what they would like to see on sale.
At the opening, Toys ‘n’ Stuff was giving away free goodie bags and balloons to children and bubblegum to the grown-ups.
“We are stocking a range of American confectionery at the shop as well,” said Gavin, who invited Hull East MP Karl Turner along to the opening event.
“If I walk into my shop and don’t feel that same buzz of excitement I felt as a child, then I’ve failed.”