Perfect Storm Bear Factory opens on Main Street.

A new toy store is open on Columbia's Main Street.

Located at 1426 Main St., Perfect Storm Bear Factory is owned by Columbia residents Jenny and Allen Franklin and offers a wide selection of toys, games, puzzles and customizable plush animals. The store is on the street level of the Hub student apartment building.

Perfect Storm held its grand opening event Sept. 9, with city and community officials in attendance.

Owner Jenny Franklin said she comes from a long line of small business entrepreneurs including her father and grandfather and wants to continue the tradition in downtown Columbia. The Franklins previously ran a seasonal toy shop at Columbiana Centre Mall and decided to bring their concept to a full-time location downtown.

"The wisdom and encouragement of my father and grandfather encouraged me to open the store," she said. "We hope that our store helps people of all ages to rediscover their love for toys and games."

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