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November 3, 2013

Toy retailer eyes downtown future

Expanding north side retailer will move next year.

It’s a heady time for Kokomo Toys & Collectibles, and not just because the Christmas season is nigh.

The husband/wife business, started in Amber and Todd Jordan’s north side home about five years ago, is getting set to expand in a big way, joining what some are calling a budding “Geek Street” block in downtown Kokomo.

Sometime early next year, Kokomo Toys is moving to 111 E. Sycamore St., where it will occupy an advantageous spot across from the coming city parking garage, and next to two highly synergistic local businesses, Goblin Games and Comics Cubed.

“They’re already calling it ‘Geekamore Street,’” Todd Jordan laughed. “Seriously though, I’m very excited to be moving in next to those businesses.”

The new location, recently vacated by the Area V Council on Aging, was made possible through a three-way deal with the Howard County Democratic Party.

The Dems’ headquarters are moving to the third floor of the Kokomo-Howard County Chamber of Commerce Building, and Area V is moving into the space the Dems vacated, 126 W. Walnut St.

The Jordans purchased the Sycamore address for $285,000, giving themselves three times more business space, and a high visibility location.

Since the business started, Kokomo Toys, 1244 E. Morgan St., has been run essentially out of the Jordans’ home.

“We just started on weekends, just for fun, selling stuff on Ebay,” Amber said. “About two years ago, we were able to quit our jobs with GM and just do this full-time.”

That’s around the time they purchased the home next door, and started a retail shop, which they open up on afternoons, about three days a week. They keep it fully stocked, and they still do their shipping from their home. The shipping — a happy byproduct of their booming Internet business — occupies the other four days of the week.

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