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Unique toy store opens in downtown Pleasanton

Original post made on Jun 8, 2009

A new toy store that promises to be as unique in its merchandising as its owners, Dee and Rob Nitzsche, are in their concepts about what a successful toy store should be opened in downtown Pleasanton yesterday to several hundred children and their parents after a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, June 6, 2009, 3:53 PM

Comments (12)

Posted by Roseann Edge
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2009 at 8:47 am

I needed a birthday gift for a 3 year old on Sunday and headed downtown to "DoodleBug". As you probably know, it was gone. Luckily I notice a Toys sign across the street. I wandered into Your Stage Toys and was delighted to find many, many choices for a gift. I settled on a wood doll set with clothes. The price was right too-only $12.95. One of the lovely daughters wrapped the gift beautifully. Its a charming shop and I think a wonderful place for a kids party.

Posted by SallyG
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jun 8, 2009 at 8:49 am

Hooray! A new business on Main St. that's not another bank!

Posted by Bob Dodd
a resident of another community
on Jun 8, 2009 at 9:25 am

This store rocks! The decor truly is unique and inviting. And the choice of "product" choice is terrific. With the stage in the back, its a very cool place for a birthday party and to also check out other fun acts and music. Be sure to check this place out!

Posted by Valerie C
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 8, 2009 at 10:28 am

I love this store, and you will, too! Everything about it is first class, and it's great that you won't find a battery or electric cord with any of the items in their diverse inventory! Lets kids be the best they can be, and provides enormous help to their parents by wrapping and delivering gifts, and soon planning wonderful birthday parties. Looking forward to supporting this local family-owned business for years to come!

Posted by Rina
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

I'm also happy to see a store called Thriving Ink. It's a t-shirt store for teenagers. Teenagers spend A LOT of money, and the more stores for teenagers downtown the better. Where I used to live there were many stores catering to teenagers in town and they were in business for my entire child and teenage-hood. Jewelery, clothes and accessories for teenagers were very popular, and then of course the teenagers ate in town as well. Main street needs to serve someone besides the Botox and nails crowd.

Posted by Surprised
a resident of Birdland
on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:37 am

I did not know Doodlebug went out of Business. I was at the Farmers Market in November and it was still there. That was a really good idea to put in another toy store. I have two young nieces, so I will have to check it out. I agree, they need to put things in that cater to teens. My teen told me about Yolotee, the frozen yogurt, gelato shop, and she showed me where it is, although its a bit hidden-next to the old Koln hardware, in the alley, its a hit with the teens.

Posted by olfthfl
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jun 8, 2009 at 11:41 am

To Rina and SallyG I can only say "Amen"

Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jun 8, 2009 at 2:31 pm

"Hooray! A new business on Main St. that's not another bank!"

Reading your comment made me smile because I was going to write the exact same thing!

Its a standing joke in our family, that if we see an empty store front in Pleasanton, we bet on which bank will take its place.

Posted by Haa Haa
a resident of Country Fair
on Jun 9, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Didnt you hear? Their going to open up a bank INSIDE the toy store just in case the 500 we have isnt enough.

Posted by Jay
a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Sep 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

Needed a gift for a birthday party and didn't have a lot of time. The staff helped me pick something age-appropriate for a very reasonable price. Free gift-wrapping was a huge bonus!

Posted by Nancy Hoagland
a resident of another community
on Oct 2, 2009 at 3:58 am

Although we live across the country from the Nitzsche's I will be sure to tell those I meet who live in the area to visit YST! I hope my family can visit the story in person one day soon too! In the meantime, I'll be looking online! All the best to Dee and Rob, who are absolutely fantastic people we really miss here in Chicago!

Love, The Hoagland's (Wilmette IL)

Posted by Bob S.
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Well used to be San Ramon and now in Colorado. However I know Rob. I also know Dee and have seen them as a Family with the 3 girls. I know Rob and Dee are good at finding out ways to help and challenge not only their kids, but other kids as well. I know the Store will serve many in incredible ways.

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