Couple Will Keep Beloved Toy and Book Shoppe in Play

Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK Local residents Andy and Kelley Carpiac are the new owners of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, which Betty Takeuchi ran for decades before retiring. “It’s very exciting,” Kelley Carpiac said.
Photo by Zane Hill / OUTLOOK
Local residents Andy and Kelley Carpiac are the new owners of San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, which Betty Takeuchi ran for decades before retiring. “It’s very exciting,” Kelley Carpiac said.

San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe is sticking around, thanks to its purchase by a young and enterprising local couple.
Under the new ownership of Andy and Kelley Carpiac, the storied business that began 44 years ago will reopen in April after it is remodeled and restocked. The two purchased the business from founder Betty Takeuchi in February after she announced she was retiring and closing the store.
Kelley Carpiac spoke to The Outlook recently as she prepared for next week’s ToyFest in Las Vegas, where she planned to hunt for contemporary offerings that would share shelf space with tried-and-true classics at the San Marino shop. That its shelves were empty testified to the loyalty of customers responding to its closeout sale. Continue reading “Couple Will Keep Beloved Toy and Book Shoppe in Play”