It seems that all the popular toys you hear about during the holidays have to do with video or computer games. But according to one local toy store owner, many of the timeless toys from the 50's are still on people's list. Zoo Toys and Trains in downtown Wilmington is not your typical toy store. “We don't have any video games or computer games more traditional kinds of toys,” said owner, Tony Mangino. "I carry a lot of wooden toys. Try to do stuff that's more of the imagination; doll houses some of the more traditional dolls." The downtown Wilmington toy store caters to kids of all ages, from one to 100. 10-year-old, Simon Deshusses said, "I like the models and the trains." "The trains I had them as a 3 year old and I still have. It's just a matter of what children are exposed to you. Put them in front of a TV that's what they're going to want to do,” said Mangino. Which is exactly why sandra deshusses prefers buying the classic toys. "I like these kind of toys because they bring out the imagination and the creative side of kids where they get to role play instead of just ingesting stuff and not be active like when they play video games,” said Sandra Deshusses. Sandra's not alone. Business has been steady at Zoo Toys and Train, with a higher than expected turnout on Black Friday. Mangino said, "I'm holding my own. I'm doing what I did last year I can't really say business is off that much when money's tight people look for quality and things that will last longer than 30 minutes." Mangino believes his store will make it through these hard economic times. He just hopes people remember to hit downtown to find unique holiday gifts.
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