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Sudbury’s Cloud Nine Toys to close after 40 years in business

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A beloved independent toy store that opened in 1980 is selling holiday gifts to Massachusetts families for the last time.Sudbury’s Cloud Nine Toys is closing in March and this will be the last holiday season for the local business, according to owners Laura and Charlie Brauer.”The wildest thing is when five generations came in,” Charlie Brauer said.The Brauers said that the business’ final holiday season has been challenged by the pandemic, shipping delays and supply chain constraints. “If we had something popular, people would drive, maybe, two hours. The phone would ring off the hook,” Laura Brauer said. “Over time, the internet has changed things. People do not even go out of their house.”Every year, we would go to the international toy show. We would like to pick all the toys hands-on.”Laura, 63, and Charlie, 69, plan to retire after closing the store. “It’s like our second home. We come here every day,” Laura Brauer said. “We will miss all the customers and happy smiling faces of all the people.”The business originally opened in Salem before moving to the current location on Boston Post Road (Route 20) in 1999. According to the MetroWest Daily News, a WCVB media partner, the store is among the few independent toy stores remaining in MetroWest and the only one in Sudbury.

A beloved independent toy store that opened in 1980 is selling holiday gifts to Massachusetts families for the last time.

Sudbury’s Cloud Nine Toys is closing in March and this will be the last holiday season for the local business, according to owners Laura and Charlie Brauer.

“The wildest thing is when five generations came in,” Charlie Brauer said.

The Brauers said that the business’ final holiday season has been challenged by the pandemic, shipping delays and supply chain constraints.

“If we had something popular, people would drive, maybe, two hours. The phone would ring off the hook,” Laura Brauer said. “Over time, the internet has changed things. People do not even go out of their house.

“Every year, we would go to the international toy show. We would like to pick all the toys hands-on.”

Laura, 63, and Charlie, 69, plan to retire after closing the store.

“It’s like our second home. We come here every day,” Laura Brauer said. “We will miss all the customers and happy smiling faces of all the people.”

The business originally opened in Salem before moving to the current location on Boston Post Road (Route 20) in 1999. According to the MetroWest Daily News, a WCVB media partner, the store is among the few independent toy stores remaining in MetroWest and the only one in Sudbury.

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