A Learning Express Toy store is coming to Howard Beach.
Neighborhood residents Maria and Robert Degano will open the new store at 161-18 Cross Bay Blvd. on Friday and are looking forward to providing the community with specialty toys and an exemplary customer service experience.
Every Learning Express store is unique, and the same is true of the owners.
The Deganos come to the toy industry after 35 years in the medical field—Robert is a pediatric dentist and Maria is a nurse. The couple has a son, Robert, who will be managing the store. The Deganos, who first discovered Learning Express Toys while shopping for their grandson, say they are ready to begin a new and exciting chapter with this family business.
“We want Learning Express of Howard Beach to be the toy store where children come in and play with our toys, attend our special events, and interact with our toy experts,” they said in a statement. “Our hope is that our store will be a place families will enjoy visiting for years to come.”
To kick off the Learning Express experience, the store will be celebrating with an assortment of special offers throughout the weekend including a 20 percent storewide discount. During the grand opening families can also enjoy free tattoos on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 2 p.m. and special visits from Elmo and Princess Belle, who will visit the store on Friday at 3 p.m., Saturday from 12 to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In addition to unique toys, gifts, and exclusive products — all of which inspire imagination, creativity, and intellectual and physical development — Learning Express Toys will offer customized services such as free gift wrapping, complimentary personalization of select items, a “birthday box” registry, and even a curbside gift pick-up for those extra busy days.
The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.