Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

Business

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.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business
  • Full appeals court upholds labels on meat packages WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld new government rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rul

    July 29, 2014

  • Debt Study [Duplicate] Study: 35 percent in US facing debt collectors WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute. These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bill

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • US companies increasingly fish for growth overseas SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major U.S. companies are starting to reap their most rapid growth in fertile lands of opportunity far from home. Technology trendsetters Apple Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Netflix Inc. all mined foreign countries to prod

    July 28, 2014

  • BIZ - KT072714 Pizza Junkiez expansion - pic Pizza Junkiez opens second location When Jason Julius created Coffee Junkiez 10 years ago, he set out to establish a successful business by thinking outside the box to compete with the big box stores. He’s now doing the same thing with pizza, and finding similar success with Pizza Junk

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • CORRECTION Fast Food Workers Convention-3 [Duplicate] Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort th

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Resilient Stocks [Duplicate] Global tensions don't dent enthusiasm for stocks A war breaks out between Israel and Hamas. An airliner is shot out of the sky in Ukraine. A Portuguese bank's finances look shaky. And the U.S. stock market's response? After dipping briefly on the bad news, it climbs higher. The market's resilience

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Earns General Motors [Duplicate] GM profit 2Q falls 85 pct. on recall costs DETROIT (AP) — Recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from General Motors' bottom line in the second quarter, cutting its net income by 85 percent. The automaker, which is in the midst of the worst recall crisis in its history, posted a net profit of $190

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • China McDonald's KFC [Duplicate] Boss of company in China meat scandal apologizes BEIJING (AP) — The chairman of an American meat supplier apologized Thursday for a Chinese subsidiary that is accused of selling expired beef and chicken to restaurants including McDonald's and KFC. Fast food chains in China suspended use of products

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMF sees US growth at weakest since recession WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. economic growth this year will likely be at the weakest pace since the Great Recession ended, the International Monetary Fund said, mostly because of a sharp, weather-related contraction in the first quarter. But the global len

    July 23, 2014

  • Wall Street [Duplicate] US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market drifted lower to start the week as more companies lined up to post their quarterly earnings. Mounting tensions between Russia and the West over the downed plane in Ukraine also occupied investors' attention. KEEPING S

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Latest news
Featured Ads
Only on our website
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Obituaries
Poll
Kelly Lafferty's video on Tom Miller