A reader writes: "Do you know if there are any plans for a toy store in town? I'm surprised with all the kids in town, that there isn't one. I'm not looking for drugstore toys but things like Thomas the Train, etc. Or how about a clothing store for kids? We need this!
Your editor's response: Assume you are a new resident because Croton had not one, but two toy stores, of considerable size. Treasures and Tales carried the Melissa and Doug line, as well as numerous other popular, high-and-middle-end toys. Wondrous Things had a huge toy store in the area now occupied by Orangeberry in the Upper Village; it carried Thomas the Train, Schleich, and similar items. Both stores shut down within the last five to seven years...among the reasons cited was a lack of community support.
As for a children's clothing store, Croton had Groovy on Grand; it closed in 2013; you can read the owner's farewell letter which includes this very telling quote: "As
more and more people shop online and in big box stores, it becomes
more and more difficult for the local shop to be successful. Support
your local shops so that they can stay in business."
Read the rest here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/01/good-bye-thank-you-from-lisa-primeggia.html
The fact is that more and more people ARE shopping for children's and teen's clothing, and toys, online or in big box stores--and that even national toy and clothing chains are contracting.
That being said, you can still find some educational, craft and/or novelty toys at SUNSHINE & CLOVER https://www.facebook.com/Sunshine-Clover-413739138705485/ and FEED THE BIRDS http://bit.ly/2sZQIRi
Croton's Shoprite (in the Shoprite Shopping Center) also brings in an extensive array of popular name brand toys and dolls seasonally. And then there's 3rd Universe https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=3rd%20universe
On another note, Croton also boasts EIGHT assorted business types on the BEST OF WESTCHESTER 2017 list; here's a wrap-up list of who they are courtesy of Croton United http://bit.ly/2t6TxZU
Finally it takes courage to open a business anywhere including Croton. Let's stop wishing for more when we have so much--AND SUPPORT WHAT WE HAVE--or in the alternative, residents are always free to open the kind of businesses they want.
And...we're also one of the safest communities in NYS http://tiny.cc/h9ucmy