Archive for December, 2011

A Fond Farewell to Our Friends at Once Upon A Time in Vienna, VA

Friday, December 9th, 2011

I remember the first time I met Lynne and Laurie, it was at a tradeshow.  My first impression was they love what they do and it shows!  They were so knowledgeable and funny and I really enjoyed visiting with them.  They loved attending the many tradeshows each year, always in search of the classic minis as well as the very unique, one-of-a-kind items their shop was famous for selling.

In 1981, Once Upon A Time opened for business!  Three years later they moved to the 120 Church Street location where they have been a part of the Vienna community for the last 27 years.  The store and its owners evolved with the times and were always willing to try something new.  They were constantly looking for new ways to improve the business while still retaining the same charm they’re known for.  If they didn’t have that particular dollhouse or miniature you wanted, they’d do everything they could to find the precise item to make you happy.  Because at the end of the day, that’s what it was all about…making their customer’s happy!

We’ve already heard from many of their customers and how sad they are to see them close their doors.  For 30 years they have made many a person’s dollhouse and miniature dreams come true.  With their fabulous enthusiasm and wonderful customer service, Lynne, Laurie and the gang at Once Upon A Time have truly shown their customers how much they care.  It’s definitely going to leave a big gap in the mini world.

On one hand, all us at Real Good Toys are deeply saddened by the closing of Once Upon A Time’s store in Vienna, VA.  But on the other hand, we’re also very hopeful for their future endeavors and wish them nothing but the best!  May your next 30 years be even more successful than the last 30.  We are truly proud to call each of you our friends!  Farewell and good luck!