12 Hidden Gems in Warren County

The Toy Chest, Hope

In the era of online shopping, retail shops are fewer and farther between, but one entrepreneur put his faith in a brick and mortar store in 2015 and has a solid customer base to show for it. Kirk Perez bought an old house turned real estate office on High Street in Hope and, after some renovations that kept the flavor of the structure, opened The Toy Chest, selling toys and collectables in the old fashioned way while teaching his three children the rewards of a family business.

Perez admits he wasn’t aware of Hope’s connection with the movie “Friday the 13th” or with the number of people who buy their Christmas trees in Warren County when he moved his family to Frelinghuysen Township. He now stocks a wide variety of Friday the 13th collectables along with classic and new toys, puzzles, Legos, stuffed animals and many other products. He is finding many people love the in-person shopping experience as much as he enjoys providing it. For more information, go to thetoychestllc.com.

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