Ed Dodd and his wife purchased Classic Toys in 1998 from its original owners. It has been longstanding local business in the community that has seen generations of customers come through its doors.

Normally the holiday shopping season would be its most profitable time of the year. But when you add in a pandemic and city-wide mandates on businesses and local gatherings, it because increasingly difficult to keep a store like Classic Toys afloat.

ATMI senior producer Daisy Carter spoke with Ed to talk about how the pandemic has affected his business, how this holiday shopping season will be different, and the lasting support Anchorage residents have shown Classic Toys.

They spoke over Zoom on December 8th, 2020.

Hosted by Ryan Danigole.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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