History of Lakin Family and Business
The Gardner News By Phyllis
December 31, 1999
Leo and Ida Lakin were newlyweds
when they opened Lakin's Children's Shop in June of 1935.
The concept of shopping malls
didn't exist but a vibrant downtown Gardner filled with an eclectic
mix of diverse shops had a strong local presence, and Lakin's
enjoyed a successful following. Leo and Ida treated their customers
as good friends, and many wonderful relationships developed over
Lakin's has weathered the advent
of shopping malls and an intense variety of historic economic
conditions over the last 65 years. Leo Lakin has also weathered
numerous personal challenges: a broken arm at age 95, a serious
case of pneumonia and a broken hip at age 96 from which he made
a complete recovery and continued to operate Lakin's independently.
A broken leg at 99-1/2 two years ago brought Phyllis home to care
for dad and manage the business. An event which began as a labor
of love for her dad and his well being has evolved into an invigorating
and passionate personal endeavor.
Customer service and comfort are
vital to Lakin's. We have served the community since 1935 and
we look forward to sharing the millennium with all of our old
and new friends and associates.
As Leo Lakin enters the new millennium
he can reflect on living through three different centuries, having
witnessed incredibly momentous progress and changes. His outlook
remains optimistic as always, and he is joined by his daughter
Phyllis in deep hopes for universal peace and harmony.
Leo and Phyllis Lakin