Independent toy shop in Doncaster shares reopening excitement as they welcome customers back

A business owner shares his journey of opening a toy shop during a pandemic and says that his store is unique.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:38 am
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 11:42 am

April 12 marks the lifting of many restrictions across England.

Hairdressers, pubs and restaurants across the country will be buzzing with activity.

Non essential retail shops will also be a main attraction for many who have gone for months without shopping in person.

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James Matthews owner of the toy shop.

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Shop owner James Matthews will be one of many independent businesses opening their doors once more after a long lockdown.

James, 31, said: “I would love for people to come down and have a cup of tea and a chat.

“There is nowhere else in Doncaster that does what we do here.

The shop has been able to reopen today.

“We help people rediscover their childhoods.”

Doorway to Dorkness based in Conisbrough sells retro games, toys and figures.

The business was born out of a personal passion for such toys that James has.

James said that his main customers are collectors but there are items for all age ranges and levels of enthusiasts.

James opened his shop Doorway to Dorkness in April 2020.

He said: “It was really bad timing.

“I’ve spent seven months of my first year in business closed.

“It is stressful to reopen but obviously I’m also really happy.

“I’m still wary about Covid-19 but it’s great to have customers coming back.”

James has customers come from all over the UK to visit his retro shop and during lockdown he managed to create a worldwide customer base online.

You can find out more on the Doorway to Dorkness Facebook page here.

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