Deluxe Toy & Hobby in Martins Ferry has been in business for 63 years.
The owners say they hate to see any retailer go out of business, saying empty storefronts don’t do anybody any good.
But they say toys will never go out of style.
Deluxe Toy & Hobby was there when the toy companies rolled out Barbie, the Frisbee, and the Slinky.
They have all the new things but they believe in the classic toys too, from hobby horses to hula hoops to Colorforms.
They say kids these days do less active playing and have more screen time.
But nothing could–or should–replace playing with toys.
“Toys are children’s tools,” said Mike Yeso, owner of Deluxe Toy & Hobby. “And if you want them to be successful, you have to give them the best tools. And toys will do that. They will learn decision-making, they will learn it’s OK to make a mistake, rebuild, do it again. And that’s what toys give children.”
Yeso says electronics give kids some momentary fun, but they can’t teach them the physical skills and life lessons that toys can.
He says people who grew up playing with Slinky and Play Dough and yo-yo’s like to get them for their children and grandchildren.