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History of Lakin Family and Business

The Gardner News – By Phyllis E. Lakin
December 31, 1999

Little Philly

Leo and Ida's 50th Anniversary

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 the years.

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

LAKIN'S / 68 Parker Street / Gardner, MA 01440 / (978) 632-1699

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