The popular toy store "Oodles For Kids", which closed at the end of 2020, has reopened for business anew under new ownership at the same location – 7727 S.E. 13th Avenue in Sellwood.Former owner Carolyn Miye, who established the business in 2012, sold the shop to Barb Wright at the end of last year. Wright is the owner of The Bull & The Bee, a baby and toddler boutique newly moved to the former "Silver Lining" location a block south of Bybee on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in Westmoreland, and is familiar with the trade. The colorful "Oodles" caterpillar remains the shop's trademark.
Miye described Oodles as "a magical neighborhood toy store that specializes in delighting children with new playful trends and well-loved classics." After an end-of-year product sale, Miye filled and transported 73 Cheer Bags of toys and books to the Wichita Center Food Pantry, to be distributed to Clackamas County kids whose families pick up weekly food supplies there.
By the end of February, Barb Wright had started to restock Oodles' shelves – with "color-change umbrellas", among many other things. The store is now open seven days a week – Sunday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., opening an hour earlier than that on Saturdays. The store still offers free on-site gift-wrapping with purchase, with four staffmembers to assist. The shop opened a new walk-through area at the back for browsers' convenience, but they currently have no plans for expansion. You can reach them at 503/719-7670.
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