Growing up with Mrs. Nelson’s

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Friday’s column pays tribute to a La Verne institution, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop, which has been at 1030 Bonita Ave. (at Damien Avenue) since 1991, and in existence since 1985 (the first location was in Covina).

Pictured are the now-retired Judy Nelson, left, and manager Andrea Vuleta.

You can visit the store’s website here and read my column here.

I was allowed to see the employee restroom, whose inner door has been decorated with doodles by visiting authors and illustrators. A portion of the door is pictured below. Click on the image for a larger view.

Do you have comments about or memories of the store? If so, post away.

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  • Ms. Lois


    Great column today. I love, love, love Mrs. Nelson’s!

    I could easily spend my paychecks there. I was there when Ann Martin (author of the babysitter books that were very popular then) was there. The store was packed with girls of all ages that were so excited to meet her. This store has done a lot of good for many children.

    May Mrs. Nelson’s have another good 25 years!

  • Dear David,

    Thank you for writing such a nice article about my store. You got all the details right and you clearly portrayed the number one goal I have always had for the store…to promote a love of books and reading among children and their families.

    Judy Nelson

    [You’re welcome, Judy. — DA]