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November 11, 2013

IN BUSINESS: New Falls toy store opens; landlords set to meet

Niagara Gazette — staff reports

Learning Express Toys, the nation’s largest educational toy retailer, has opened its newest franchise in Niagara Falls, owned by Falls natives Bill and Nancy Payne.

The store opened its doors Friday at 2410 Military Road and the grand opening festivities will continue through today. During the grand opening, families can stop by for face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon sculptures.  

Bill Payne is the fourth generation owner of a family carpet business, and Nancy Payne worked in the Niagara Falls School District before becoming a stay-at-home mom. The Paynes, along with their two young children, are looking forward to their venture into the toy industry.

“Our goal is to become a fun and interactive neighborhood toy store,” Bill noted. “We will have a large selection of all types of toys, and we are excited to offer a large activity area where kids (and adults) can demo our toys. We plan to host activities and events for families in the community such as story hours and classes.”

The owners hope that Learning Express Toys of Niagara Falls will set itself apart from the “big-box” toy stores in every possible way. In addition to unique toys, gifts and exclusive products — all intended to inspire imagination, creativity and intellectual and physical development — Learning Express Toys will offer services such as free gift wrapping, complimentary personalization of select items, a “birthday box” registry and even a curb-side gift pick-up for those extra busy days.

For more information phone 299-0104 or visit www.learningexpress.com/store/niagara-falls.

Area landlords meet Wednesday

A general meeting of the Landlords’ Association of Greater Niagara County will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Jetport Restaurant, 7100 Porter Road.

Landlords are invited to meet, have some breakfast and network.

The LAGN is an association of landlords who are constantly seeking to improve themselves and their communities through education and advocacy and is seeking the support of all landlords throughout Niagara County.

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