Radio Show #264 – Harshal Patel and
Zen’s Toyland

It may seem that the traditional American toy store is a thing of the past, but that may be changing. Again.

As the independent toy store was supplanted by the big box toy stores, and as they in turn have faded away, a Connecticut real estate broker is dabbling in this lost art.

Harshal Patel took over a Wethersfield, CT toy store less than a year ago, and now brings his toy experience to Longmeadow, with the soon to be Zen’s Toyland.

The store will occupy the former Kiddly Winks location on Williams Street in Longmeadow.

Many may see this as a welcome infusion to the void left by the much-missed Kiddly Winks.

In this program, Patel describes his vision for the Longmeadow store.

Email:  zenstoyland@gmail.com • Web:  www.zenstoyland.com

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Weekend heat wave!

Toys R Us is coming back.

Injured Great Barrington police officer – recovering.

Greenfield Council passes “Safe City” ordinance.

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Construction underway for huge expansion of Bradley International.

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Springfield’s Camp Star Angelina receives a grant from Eversource.

Northampton Educational Fund receives a grant from Florence Bank.

Hampshire College names permanent new president.

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Brad Shepard Today! Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Weather! The first snow of Spring!
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