Adlers close toy store to play in Glenwood
WEST GLENWOOD – There are toy stores and there are pet stores. There are even pet toys. But Marc’s Toys & Pets in the Glenwood Springs Mall is the best toy and pet store most locals have ever known. After a run of more than 30 years, Marc and Joan Adler’s toy and pet store will be closing at the end of this month. The Adlers say business is great, but the couple is ready to retire.”The reaction we’ve been receiving is pretty consistent,” Marc said of customers who hear the store is closing. “People are saying they hate to see us go, but they certainly understand and are genuinely happy for us.”Although the store is nearing the end of its run, the Adlers plan to stay in Glenwood Springs. They’re tied to Glenwood. The couple raised two daughters here: Ginger, who now lives in Denver with her husband Chaz, and Ivy, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1993. Marc also spent two years as Glenwood’s mayor and served on City Council on and off for a total of 13 years. With the store gone, they’re looking forward to enjoying their hometown. “We’re going to be tourists in Glenwood,” Marc said, with a smile. “We also hope to buy a motor home and do some traveling. Plus, we both enjoy scuba diving, so we’ll be taking some trips to the Caribbean and Hawaii.”It make sense the Adlers are scuba aficionados. Their store is known for its aquarium section, a room lined on two walls with tanks and thousands of fish, from exotic tropicals to goldfish. The couple came to town from Chicago in 1971. Marc, 55, and Joan, (“I’m younger than Marc!”) worked at Valley View Hospital when they first moved to Glenwood Springs. Marc was an orderly and assisted in surgery and Joan was a nurse’s aid. When they decided they wanted to own their own business, Marc’s boyhood experiences with aquariums came up.”We didn’t know anything about business, but I did know something about fish and aquariums,” Marc said. Since the house they were renting on 6th Street was zoned commercial, they set up the Glenwood Fishbowl in their living room.”We were renting the house from John and Angie Samuelson,” Joan said. “They were kind enough to allow us to run the business from there.”Nine months later, the couple moved their store to Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood, where the Daily Bread restaurant is located now. That’s when they expanded the business to include toys.”A friend of ours, Allen Bell, had been selling radio-controlled rockets out of his basement, so we started with those,” Marc said.The Adlers moved the store one last time to the mall in April of 1982. Marc said they’re the last original owners of a locally owned business there. On Thursday, it was obvious the store is liquidating its stock. Instead of thousands, there were hundreds of fish swimming around in the tanks. There were fewer bags of pet food and collars. Clerk Jan McCallum, who’s worked at the store for nine years, had a line of customers at the register. And in the toy and hobby section, it was clear the Adlers weren’t restocking the shelves. “As of Feb. 1, everything has been 30 percent off,” Marc said. The couple is selling everything, from the last can of cat food to the couple’s desk in the store’s office. Marc said he’ll see how the inventory goes and will take percentages off based on sales. “We’ll miss our customers and our employees, but we are ready,” Marc said. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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