North Dallas toy store reopens one year after the tornado
ByFunAsia 21 Oct 2020 09:56 PM 281

A North Dallas toy store reopens as a newly rebuilt home one year after an EF-3 tornado destroyed the area.

The Toy Maven was heavily damaged with other retail locations in the Preston Royal Shopping Center on October 20, 2019. A year later, the store reopened at its old location.

The Toy store owner Candace Williams said, "It feels amazing, amazing to be back in this spot.".

She said, "Stepping into the store, into the water, was heartbreaking. It was. We had been in this space since 2005; it was devastating."

During all the time, the store owner was determined to get the store up and running to keep her charity commitment to The Partners Card, which benefits Family Place.

She added, "It's so important to our community. I knew that we could not we couldn't shut down, so we had to rally the forces, and it took us about ten days, under ten days to really, find a spot and get it going."

Though the Toy Maven temporarily moved about a mile down the street to Preston-Forest Shopping Center, another storm -- the pandemic shattered it completely.

Williams said, "It's been a one-two punch, right? And that certainly has thrown businesses into a tailspin."

"It's exciting. It's exciting to have a fresh start," Williams said.

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