WILLIAMSON COUNTY, TEXAS - After nearly 30 years serving families in Round Rock, Kaleidoscope Toys is shutting its doors for good by the end of December.
The owner, Terry Myers, whose roots began by selling used toys out of her garage, said it’s the customers that she'll miss the most. The toy expert is known for demonstrating their products on Facebook, as well as being a donor to the Round Rock community.
Kaleidoscope has participated in special toy drives for local schools and donated their store proceeds to the Salvation Army when Hurricane Harvey hit.
The mom-and-pop shop is considered a rare jewel with an abundance of big box stores and the rise of online shopping.
"I think we are losing something as customers by not interacting -- not getting to talk to the person who has possibly played with these toys, or opened these toys or have reviews from their lifetime customers,” shopper Nicole Moore said. "It's sad to see it go."
Myers says after 28 years, she taking her business skills and applying it to a new field. And although she isn't sure on what her futures holds, she’s optimistic.
“I'll miss the people. I think it's going to be exciting and a little scary, basically God will lead me where I need to go and I just have to trust that. I'm going to land in the right place.” Myers said. "All these people coming in and these children coming in crying, and they're making me cry!"
The toy expert says the key to a long-lasting successful business is being more than a store, but a strong member of the community.
Kaleidoscope Toys’ last day is Dec. 31.
Myers says her gift to her customers is slashing the prices on everything in the store during the holiday season.
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