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Parent Teacher Store opens in Louisville's East End

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-It's been in several locations during the past three decades but now, under new ownership, The Parent Teacher Store and Toys Too has moved to Louisville's east end.  It's an educational experience for parents, children and the new owner.

Kimberly Kopatz, Parent-Teacher Store & Toys Too says, "I just saw the parent teacher store as something that shouldn't leave our community.  It was going to go out of business and I couldn't let that happen because it has been a staple in our community for 28 years."

Kopatz bought the store early this year and her first move was a big one.  She moved into a new shop on Westport Road with more space for all of her ideas including a classroom.

Kopatz says, "For home school children and any other child who would want to learn art, music, tutoring, we're gonna have birthday parties, I just want the store to grow I want it to go in a different direction it had gone before I want it to be fun I want it to be a place people enjoy coming."

A new idea Kopatz brings to the store is how to tap into the home schooling population. Kopatz says, "What I've realized is Louisville has a huge home schooling community that I think alot of people don't know about and our store can be a site for the parents to bring their kids instead of just teaching them one and one by themselves, come an interact with other children and they learn other things their parents might not necessarily be able to teach them."

This is Kopatz's first retail experience and she admits it's been an adventure, but a fun adventure with lots of toys.  Kopatz says, "The name has always been the parent teacher store and toys too Barbara Rubenstein, the former owner, she took the store in more of a education direction.  Whereas I'm still going in the education direction but I've added alot more toys." 

During last week's grand opening Kim donated 12 and a half percent of her profits to the Salvation Army.  It's a charity she's worked with over the years and the Army is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

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