Independent toy store in Doncaster shares enthusiasm for reopening as it welcomes customers again


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 stores will also be a prime attraction for many who have gone months without shopping in person.

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James Matthews, owner of the toy store.

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Store owner James Matthews will be one of many independent businesses to reopen after a long lockdown.

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

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

The store was able to reopen today.

“We help people rediscover their childhood.

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

The company was born out of a personal passion for James’ toys.

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

James opened his Doorway to Dorkness store in April 2020.

He said: “It was really bad timing.

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

“It’s stressful to reopen but obviously I’m also very happy.

“I’m still wary of Covid-19 but it’s great to have returning customers. “

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

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

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