Learning Shop stays open, for now

The Learning Shop, 714 S. Gammon Road, Madison’s last independent toy store, will remain open for business after all, following a reversal by its owners of an earlier decision to close Feb. 17.

An outpouring of public support changed their minds, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report, and now the toy store will continue operating for at least two more months, when its lease expires, and perhaps longer if sales increase.

Owners Tom and Todd Merryfield have five other locations in the state, but the Madison store hadn’t been pulling its weight and staffing grew problematic.