Cruisin’ Connecticut – Toying Around for 76 Years at Amato’s in Middletown


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to Middletown, home for 76 years to Amato’s Toy & Hobby on Main Street. With holiday shopping in full swing, why not shop local for a toy or two?

The toy shop was started in 1940 by then teenager Vincent Amato, selling wooden model airplanes. The family business is now run by Vincent’s daughter Diane Gervais, who earned her first paycheck from the toy store at 5 years old.

I asked her if she’s still excited today to work in the toy store as she was as a little girl:

I’m more excited I think. More? Yeah, right now while we’re speaking, UPS is at the back door and I’m wondering what’s in the boxes.

I guess you never grow up. Running a toy store… tough gig. But someone has to do it!

From Playmobil, to RC cars, to drones and model trains, there is something for children (and adults) or all ages! Family games are big this year, with kids glued to their smartphones, many parents are trying to revive the “game nights” that they grew up with!

When you walk downstairs at Amato’s you’ll be taken aback by “Train Land.” It’s an incredible collection of train sets, antique train cars, and sights and sounds that’ll bring you to a place of nostalgia.

So if you’re still in need of those unique holiday gifts, stop by Amato’s at: 395 Main St, Middletown, CT 06457

Also check their website for the “Train Land” hours of operation.

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer

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