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Word that Mr. Fub's Party is closing with the retirement of owner Priscilla Moore, left, brought longtime patron Donna McGovern into the shop with her granddaughter, Kennedy, this past weekend.

Word that Mr. Fub's Party is closing with the retirement of owner Priscilla Moore, left, brought longtime patron Donna McGovern into the shop with her granddaughter, Kennedy, this past weekend. (Photo by Carol Simmons)

Beloved Mr. Fub’s Party soon to close

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After 37 years, Mr. Fub’s Party toy store is closing.

Owner Priscilla Moore is closing up shop after decades of operating one of the area’s most distinctive independent toy stores. Beloved by generations of Yellow Springs kids, the Xenia Avenue store has also long been a destination for out-of-towners. Climbing the steep steps and entering the maze-like interior, filled with high-quality, developmentally appropriate toys, is practically a rite-of-passage of childhood — not to mention parenthood and grandparenthood.

Shoppers on a recent weekend expressed dismay, and shared sentimental memories of the store. “I bought her first shoes here,” longtime patron and former villager Donna McGovern said, gesturing to her granddaughter.

Moore said in a recent interview that she was simply ready to retire. A visual artist, she hopes to spend more time on her artwork. She originally came to Yellow Springs in the 1970s to join the artistic community here.

While she briefly considered trying to sell the business, she ultimately decided just to shut down the shop. Mr. Fub’s Party will remain open until November — or until all the toys are sold. The shelves are emptying fast, so the party, sweet as it was, may not last much longer.

Read a more in-depth story in the Oct. 5 issue of the News.

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Beloved Mr. Fub’s Party soon to close

by Audrey Hackett