Red Wagon Toys just managed to get its door open in time for the holiday this weekend, the smell of fresh paint still in the air. The toy store, located at 4218 E. Madison Street (next to Cactus!), takes over much of the space vacated by the venerable Yankee Peddler, which shut its doors in March after over 50 years in business. The toy store is the latest venture of the folks who bring us Cookin’, the great kitchen store two doors down the street.
Red Wagon Toys helps fill a void left by the exit of Izilla Toys, which decamped from the general neighborhood last year when it moved from Madison Valley to Capitol Hill. Its space in that little house on Madison was temporarily taken by a massage parlor/bordello, whose business was severely impacted by a police raid late last year. Fast Frame rehabilitated the space and moved in last month.