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March 23, 2003
Lolita Harper Pat Huak is putting a little leisure back in her life. After vowing to work until her 80th birthday, the former toy store employee has surpassed her goal and now spends her time walking her scenic Corona del Mar neighborhood and attending as many sporting events as possible. With six grandsons in the area, all involved in various sporting events, that task in itself is a full time job, she joked. "I felt pretty good staying at Toy Boat until I was 80," Huak said.
NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2013
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried. "We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more. " The store's website encourages customers to say its name - a classic childhood tongue twister - three times, fast. There won't be much need for that anymore, however, since the Curtins shuttered the Corona del Mar specialty toy store last week. A note stuck to the door alerted passers-by: "It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close our beloved iconic toy store in Corona del Mar. "Like so many other small businesses this economy has taken its toll on us. Unfortunately we did not have the necessary capital to stock the store to our satisfaction or our customers.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 3, 2012
A cash mob may have saved Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, which was scheduled to close this week but instead remains open with brisk business, its owner said, according to Corona del Mar Today . “We thought we would be packing up right now,” Lori Curtin said in an interview, squeezed between customers and gift wraps. “This has been such a blessing. I don't even know what to say.” Lori and her husband, Mike Curtin, announced last week that financial troubles had forced them to close three of the four Toy Boat branches, and that the Corona del Mar location at 3331 East Coast Highway might close at the end of business on July 31. As word spread of the couple's plight, longtime customers of the iconic toy store began stopping by to shop and show support.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 31, 2012
A Los Angeles radio host's “cash mob” held Tuesday at Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat drew hundreds of shoppers to the store, which had been in danger of closing at the end of business Tuesday because of financial pressures. “I've never seen a long line like this - not even at Christmas,” said Lori Curtin, who owns the store with her husband, Michael Curtin. “Everything is selling.” The Curtins'  announcement last week about the possible closure of the store  at 3331 E. Coast Hwy. brought customers through the doors, they said.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 25, 2012
The large red, white and blue drum with the word "toys" lit in large, neon orange letters is hard to miss. The distinctive metal sign is rusting, its paint chipping after some 50 years of being hung above the entrance of the Corona del Mar storefront. But the sign that's been something of a beacon for customers soon may be turning off permanently if Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closes its doors. Inside the primary-colored and nautical-themed specialty store - which, before becoming Toy Boat was the Toy Shop of Corona del Mar - the shelves and display stands are noticeably bare.
OCNOW
July 30, 2012
Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Corona del Mar could be saved from the brink of closing with the help of a local radio station. Bill Handel, KFI A.M. 640 Talk Radio host, is hosting a "Cash Mob" outside the toy store Tuesday, according to the station's website , which asks community members to either buy a toy for their children or to donate to the local children's hospital. If Mike and Lori Curtin, the co-owners of the 20-year-old toy store, fail to pay this month's rent, the beloved local toy store will have to close its doors, the Curtins said.
NEWS
By Amy Senk | August 4, 2012
A cash mob may have saved Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, which was scheduled to close this week but instead remains open with brisk business, its owner said. "We thought we would be packing up right now," Lori Curtin said in an interview, squeezed between customers and gift wraps. "This has been such a blessing. I don't even know what to say. " Lori and her husband, Mike Curtin, announced last week that financial troubles had forced them to close three of the four Toy Boat branches, and that the Corona del Mar location at 3331 E. Coast Highway might close at the end of business on July 31. As word spread of the couple's plight, longtime customers of the iconic toy store began stopping by to shop and show support.
LOCAL
By Matt Brown and Jennifer Frehn | December 4, 2008
Most people feel this is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can often be a pain for those trying to find something fun and unique for their little munchkins. So we thought we could help out by checking in with Lori and Mike Curtin, owners of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Newport Beach, to see what might appear under the tree.   Tell us about how Toy Boat began. Toy Boat has been a local toy store for more than 15 years. In the last seven years we have grown from one to four locations throughout Newport Beach.
NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 20, 2013
When Newport Beach children's store Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closed in March, about $200 worth of gift certificates still in the hands of elementary school students seemed suddenly worthless. For years, the beloved local toy store had sponsored the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, an annual racing event that raises money for area schools. The top three boys and girls from each age group - all under 8 - won a small gift certificate to the store. But about two weeks after the March 3 race, financial difficulties finally sank Toy Boat, leaving about 20 kids with nowhere to spend their winnings.
NEWS
May 30, 2002
Toy Boat, Toy Boat, Toy Boat opened its third Newport Beach store in the new Newport Coast Shopping Center, to follow Pavilions as the second tenant. Toy Boat carries classic toys for boys and girls, as well as current popular toys. There are books, sports balls, beach toys, games, puzzles, tricycles, wagons, dolls, gifts and more. To make life easier, they offer free gift wrapping and free assembly for tricycles and wagons. The original store, the Toy Shop, has been in the area for 40 years.
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NEWS
By Jeremiah Dobruck | June 20, 2013
When Newport Beach children's store Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closed in March, about $200 worth of gift certificates still in the hands of elementary school students seemed suddenly worthless. For years, the beloved local toy store had sponsored the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, an annual racing event that raises money for area schools. The top three boys and girls from each age group - all under 8 - won a small gift certificate to the store. But about two weeks after the March 3 race, financial difficulties finally sank Toy Boat, leaving about 20 kids with nowhere to spend their winnings.
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NEWS
By Rhea Mahbubani | March 18, 2013
When Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat owners Lori and Mike Curtin locked up at 5 p.m. Friday, they cried. "We put our life into this business, and we're just tapped out," said Lori, 40. "We can't do any more. " The store's website encourages customers to say its name - a classic childhood tongue twister - three times, fast. There won't be much need for that anymore, however, since the Curtins shuttered the Corona del Mar specialty toy store last week. A note stuck to the door alerted passers-by: "It is with a very heavy heart we have decided to close our beloved iconic toy store in Corona del Mar. "Like so many other small businesses this economy has taken its toll on us. Unfortunately we did not have the necessary capital to stock the store to our satisfaction or our customers.
NEWS
November 29, 2012
If you're in the giving spirit this holiday season, here are a few locations around the Newport Mesa area where you can donate. * Santa Letters The Costa Mesa Fire Department will take donations for its 12th year as part of its Santa Letters program, which brings basic supplies, toys and other items to families in need. Among the recipients are Costa Mesa families identified by social workers at area schools, and families met while responding to 911 calls. Those who wish to contribute also can deliver items to the families.
NEWS
By Amy Senk | August 4, 2012
A cash mob may have saved Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, which was scheduled to close this week but instead remains open with brisk business, its owner said. "We thought we would be packing up right now," Lori Curtin said in an interview, squeezed between customers and gift wraps. "This has been such a blessing. I don't even know what to say. " Lori and her husband, Mike Curtin, announced last week that financial troubles had forced them to close three of the four Toy Boat branches, and that the Corona del Mar location at 3331 E. Coast Highway might close at the end of business on July 31. As word spread of the couple's plight, longtime customers of the iconic toy store began stopping by to shop and show support.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | August 3, 2012
A cash mob may have saved Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat, which was scheduled to close this week but instead remains open with brisk business, its owner said, according to Corona del Mar Today . “We thought we would be packing up right now,” Lori Curtin said in an interview, squeezed between customers and gift wraps. “This has been such a blessing. I don't even know what to say.” Lori and her husband, Mike Curtin, announced last week that financial troubles had forced them to close three of the four Toy Boat branches, and that the Corona del Mar location at 3331 East Coast Highway might close at the end of business on July 31. As word spread of the couple's plight, longtime customers of the iconic toy store began stopping by to shop and show support.
NEWS
By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today | July 31, 2012
A Los Angeles radio host's “cash mob” held Tuesday at Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat drew hundreds of shoppers to the store, which had been in danger of closing at the end of business Tuesday because of financial pressures. “I've never seen a long line like this - not even at Christmas,” said Lori Curtin, who owns the store with her husband, Michael Curtin. “Everything is selling.” The Curtins'  announcement last week about the possible closure of the store  at 3331 E. Coast Hwy. brought customers through the doors, they said.
OCNOW
July 30, 2012
Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Corona del Mar could be saved from the brink of closing with the help of a local radio station. Bill Handel, KFI A.M. 640 Talk Radio host, is hosting a "Cash Mob" outside the toy store Tuesday, according to the station's website , which asks community members to either buy a toy for their children or to donate to the local children's hospital. If Mike and Lori Curtin, the co-owners of the 20-year-old toy store, fail to pay this month's rent, the beloved local toy store will have to close its doors, the Curtins said.
NEWS
By Jillian Beck | July 25, 2012
The large red, white and blue drum with the word "toys" lit in large, neon orange letters is hard to miss. The distinctive metal sign is rusting, its paint chipping after some 50 years of being hung above the entrance of the Corona del Mar storefront. But the sign that's been something of a beacon for customers soon may be turning off permanently if Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat closes its doors. Inside the primary-colored and nautical-themed specialty store - which, before becoming Toy Boat was the Toy Shop of Corona del Mar - the shelves and display stands are noticeably bare.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | December 31, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH - Made of sticks wrapped with silver duct tape, the toy boat looked more like an arts and crafts paperweight than a seafaring vessel. But 11-year-old Henry Eo's cheers of delight rang loud and clear as his handmade boat stayed above the water. "It floats!" yelled the Mariners Elementary School fifth-grader. The activity - seeing if boats constructed from found material in nature would float in the creek - was one of three that children participated in Thursday, the last day of the Environmental Nature Center's Winter Nature Camp.
LOCAL
By Matt Brown and Jennifer Frehn | December 4, 2008
Most people feel this is the most wonderful time of the year, but it can often be a pain for those trying to find something fun and unique for their little munchkins. So we thought we could help out by checking in with Lori and Mike Curtin, owners of Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat in Newport Beach, to see what might appear under the tree.   Tell us about how Toy Boat began. Toy Boat has been a local toy store for more than 15 years. In the last seven years we have grown from one to four locations throughout Newport Beach.
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