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Park Street Books and Toys Celebrates the Love of Reading and Small Business Pride of Ownership in Medfield, Mass.

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz. Page created on 8/26/17.

Park Street Books and Toys, Medfield, Massachusetts

Park Street Books & Toys might just be the most impressive small business I have been to in New England. Owner Jim James loves books, cares about his community and is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet -- equally good to parents and kids. That James owns the largest kids bookstore in New England is testimony to his hard work and passion for books.

We have found his bookstore has a higher batting average for finding what you need than the big chains and with extremely reasonable prices.  If Jim doesn't have the new or used book you are looking for, he'll get it for you quickly. As it stands, Park Street Books & Toys has an astonishing selection of childrens' books on display throughout the welcoming, homey-like two-story, brick building (with wonderful student-generated, hand-drawn murals and a great aquarium). Park Street Books also features an impressive toy selection with the accent on fun yet educational items. There's also a pottery studio called the Pottery Place with mugs, plates, piggy banks, wall plates, trinket boxes, figurines and more at very fair prices. Drop-ins are welcome, as well as group parties (birthdays are popular). Jim also features author visits and, very importantly, holds onto dear tradition by having nothing electronic or downloadable in the entire store, except Brian, the robot bookseller!

What a wonderful store, like a vibrant community within the close-knit community of Medfield. Every time I visit Park Street Books, it feels like meeting up with a good friend and taking comfort that small business is indeed still alive, well and thriving in America!

Park Street Books & Toys is located at 504 Main St., Medfield. Tel 508-242-3083

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