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Monday, November 10, 2014

Rogers Toy, Pool and Patio Company

Four days ago, I decided to go into Rogers Toys on Middle Street, Lowell, MA because several members of a facebook group I'm in (about Lowell) often mentioned this store, and wondered if it was still in business. I went to the store and told the owner and assistant who I was and asked if I could take photos for my blog. Without hesitation, he said, "yes." When I got home, I posted them, with a short paragraph about how neat the store was, all the merchandise...but it was missing shoppers.

Within hours, many in the group of over 4,000 responded with 108 wonderful comments, 367 Likes and 107 shared it, which meant more people saw it. To me, this was a viral post going around the United States. Everybody was interested in the store, and they all want to keep it in business, more years than the current 70 years. Almost all the stores from the late 60s, when I first lived here, has either closed or left.
Gary Rogers, holding the 13 page printout of comments. He had a shopper come in and mention the facebook page, so he assumed it was due to my posting the photos to the Lowell group. I want to thank all of you who shared and commented. This is about keeping something old in Lowell that we all remember, our parents also, and not just the buildings.
Above photo taken on my first visit. When I asked Roger if he had any old photos of the store, he pulled out a binder with quite a few. I chose two to take photos of. Once thing about former Lowell residents, they love to see the old. All the buildings in downtown Lowell are pretty much the same as in 1909. I have no idea how old this building is, but it is listed in the 1918 Lowell City Directory, that I happen to have. (My genealogy friends will love hearing that.) Their phone number was simply 4000.
 J. B. Cover and Company, Flour and Grain
Permission to post given by Gary Rogers.

 Store photos taken today, November 10, 2014.

A video was done of the store, by an unknown person.
See HERE for short clip.


Anonymous said...

I have never been to his store, but this year, I think I will pay him a visit as I have 2 children to buy gifts for and his store has some interesting things. I'd better hurry, as these posts usually go viral and hopefully he'll be sold out.

John D. Tew said...

Barbara: What a great post and such a good deed you performed. It looks like a wonderful store and an asset Loweel would surely miss if it were no longer there.

Barbara Poole said...

Below are comments from the facebook page.

Barbara Poole Oh, they put up some city Christmas decorations this past weekend.

Michael Noonan Nice, Barbara, and a good blog post as well. Maybe Rogers will join one of the groups and share some of his family's toy store history.

Richard J. Cunningham Was in there today.

Barbara Poole He expressed interest, and I'll have to give him the names. However, I don't think he's all that familiar with fb. He also is interested in doing a blog or maybe doing one. I think after Christmas, I'll see what he wants. I'm going to call or go back the first week of December and see how the business is...he's fine with that. Was happy as could be. Thank you everybody!!

Barbara Poole Richard J. Cunningham, did you walk in and ask him something, and then leave? I saw somebody, while I was taking pictures.

Richard J. Cunningham Barbara no I was in with my 21 Yr old son

Valerie Jordan You should share this blog with all the Market Basket sites on here and be sure to mention they have giant Giraffes!! Market Basket Employees and fans of their page love the giraffes since they have the saying "everyone stuck their neck out" during the boycott!! That would spread the word even more!!
Great Blog!!!

Valerie Jordan I hope you don't mind but I shared this post/ blog on my page and I shared it with the Market Basket cake decorators page and save Artie T Save Market Basket page!! He might sell out of those giant giraffes before Christmas!!

Barbara Poole Thank you Valerie Jordan for compliment and for sharing. No, I don't mind at all. I thought about the "Save Artie T....", but it isn't right for me to do it. That's why I took the giraffes, and I'm on the Artie T. site.

Carol Hayton Barbara, great blog. Enjoyed reading about Rogers toys!

Teri Townshend It makes me feel so good to read this. Who has a good contact with the Lowell Sun? Maybe they would print a terrific human interest story and make Small Business Saturday a real blast.

Sheila Riley-Callahan LOVE

Karin Theodoros Zaroulis YAY, Gary! You lasted longer than anybody else! I hope the City gives you recognition!

Elaine Marchand Carey Barbara.....this is great.

Nancy Naish Excellent article, I remember that from way back, loved that store!