Ethel Weiss Turns 99 & The Little Store That Time Forgot!

Ethel WeissEthel Weiss, the proprietor of Irving’s Toy and card Shop,  just  turned 99 years old! The shop is just doors away from the Edward A. Devotion Elementary School (Kindergarten through eighth grade), an easy walk from our house and close to the J.F.Kennedy birthplace.

outside irvingsShe has run the store since 1939. Prior to that, it had been a grocery store.

window at Irvingsyoyos & marbles

Window toysThank youWise shop hours for a 99 year old woman!candy

Interioractivity books

Thankyou letter for party

celebrated in front of store, Saturday, August, 24th. Wise shop hours for a 99 year old woman!

thoughtsthougts signedHow tochildren learn







There are greeting cards in the back of the shop that look just like the cards that I remember from my childhood. The kind that slide into cellophane envelopes.There are things for sale that have been there since I was a child. Honest to God!





Ethel’s own inspirational quotes.


Update – 2014

And others ….


About Rebecca

I am an out and about type of cyclist. I am a confident, friendly, assertive cyclist here on the streets of Boston where I have been riding bikes since 1973. I love riding my Dutch bicycle bought in Amsterdam in 2008 and my folder bicycle which has accompanied me on trips to Washington DC, New York City, a week-end on my son’s Maryland college campus, a visit to my sister in Saratoga Springs, NewYork, a visit to see my son, now living in Holland, Michigan and twenty days of cycling in the Netherlands. My husband and I are moving to the Netherlands in three years. We look forward to bicycling in the world’s best country for bicycles!
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