Ottawa children’s retailer Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s closing up shop after 43 years

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The Mrs. Tiggy Winkle's Westboro location advertises its closing sale. Photo by Andrea Tomkins

An iconic Ottawa toy and games retailer is packing it in after more than four decades in business.

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s announced via a Facebook post Wednesday that it would shutter its Ottawa locations in March. The Ottawa brand started store-closing sales at its Westboro location last week, but confirmed Wednesday that its flagship store in the Glebe would close as well.

The retailer, which sold toys, board games and colourful knick-knacks, launched back in 1977 and saw three generations of family members run the business over the years. The chain expanded across Ottawa and even featured a location in the Rideau Centre for a time.

Mrs. Tiggy Winkle’s staff asked customers to return to the 809 Bank St. store to leave their memories in the coming weeks. The Facebook post ended fittingly with a Dr. Seuss quote asking patrons not to cry because it’s over, but to smile because it happened.

Nonetheless, many customers couldn’t hold back and took to social media to express their fond farewells to the Ottawa retailers.