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Special-needs school in Glendale launches a fashion and gifts store

November 11, 2010 | 11:25 am

Inside Tobinworld Treasures Tobinworld Treasures, a new fashion, toy and gift shop in Glendale, has a mission beyond making moola.

The outpost was conceived by Tobinworld, a nonprofit special needs school for emotionally disturbed, autistic and developmentally disabled youth, as both a fundraiser and a vocational training program for its students, who comprise the sales staff.

The store — which is next to the school at 1006 East Broadway and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — threw its grand opening celebration Wednesday morning, co-hosted by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce.

The shop's mixed bag of merchandise includes moderately priced handbags and wallets, women's clothing, fragrances and jewelry, electronics, toys and stuffed animals. Most items ring in at under $50.

“We have stocked this very special store with a wide array of items that are perfect for the upcoming holidays,” said Judy Weber, founder and executive director of Tobinworld. “Because of its unique mission and quality goods, we hope Tobinworld Treasures will quickly become a destination for discriminating shoppers who are looking for quality bargains.”

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: Inside Tobinworld Treasures. Credit: Tobinworld