We’re really bummed to announce that YoYoJoe’s Toys & Fun, one of the few brick-and-mortar retailers in the country that really specializes in and supports the yoyo scene, is closing in August. All inventory and fixtures are for sale right now at 20% off, with additional discounts to come as they draw nearer to their closing date.
The Mitchell family has been running a toy store in Delaware since the original Mitchell’s opened in 1953, where Joe’s grandfather hosted demonstrations by original Duncan yoyo men in the heyday of the first nationwide yoyo craze.
Joe also runs YoYoRadio and the Mid-Atlantic Regionals, which we hope will continue.
Article excerpt below. A huge thanks to Joe and the entire Mitchell family for their long-running love and support of the yoyo industry, and the best of luck to Joe and his family as they move on to their next endeavour!
The well-respected Mitchell family is closing the doors on its latest independent toy haven – YoYo Joe’s – after years of fulfilling children’s wish lists with that certain something the big-box stores simply didn’t have.
Yet it was more than that one thing that brought the Concord Pike store’s loyal patrons back for more.
There is something undeniably charming about a family-owned toyshop, much like an independent bookstore. Employees know your name and owners are on deck, making sure visits are memorable and customers are more than satisfied.
Joe Mitchell Jr., his wife, Emily, and son Ethan continued the family legacy of toy-selling in Delaware by opening the shop at 3654 Concord Pike in Talleyville in 2008. It was just weeks after the closing of Mitchell’s Trains, Toys & Hobbies in the Fairfax Shopping Center, which had served Delawareans since 1953 and over the years transitioned from a department store to specialty inventory.
It also was more than one thing that drove the decision to close YoYo Joe’s come the end of August, when the property lease expires.