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Frisco Train Store, owned by former Whittle Shortline staffer Kristin Berry and her husband, Tom, will continue the traditions established by Whittle Shortline during the past 14 years. The couple has spent the past month bringing the aging building up to code and cleaning and freshening up the play area, Kristin Berry said. They are even working on opening a new space on the second floor for kids that want to create their own track formations.
When Berry reopened the doors last Saturday, a new large train layout with four levels of track greeted kids as did a noticeably cleaner and more organized space. Frisco Train Store sells a variety of wooden trains and toys from brands including Melissa and Doug, Thomas, Janod, Brio and Big Jigs. The store will offer birthday parties (with the option of leaving the birthday boy's or girl's handprint on the wall). Family Fun Nights will be scheduled throughout the year, and kids are always welcome to visit and play when the store is open, Berry said.
Frisco Train Store is located at 24 Front Street, Valley Park, Mo., 63088. Call 636-529-1660. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m.
Grand Opening Weekend
Check out the new store Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Explore both floors of the store, including the new train table on the ground floor and the build-your-own-track room. Free train cake will be available on Saturday and free train cookies will be available while supplies last. Face painting, raffles, and perhaps even miniature train rides (call ahead for the mini train schedule) will be offered. The store will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
What happened to Whittle Shortline Railroad? The train-building company has moved its factory to Kirkwood, said owner Mike Whitworth. He said it was time to shrink the company, but he'll miss seeing the kids play with the trains his company built. You can still order Whittle Shortline products from the company's website.