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Heather Lee Jones poses with Happy Happy Joy Joy’s, “Little Boy Blue”.

Happy Happy Joy Joy 955 South Virginia Street

Happy Happy Joy Joy opened its doors on May 1st, 2013. "Midtown's Biggest Little Shop of Random" is owned by Heather Lee Jones. Heather started the store with the help of her mother Karen Karg and her boyfriend Kenny Dixon. They offer toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Happy Happy Joy Joy is a visual and tactile space. Staff encourages people to come in and have a good experience even if they are not there to buy. When I visited the store, I made a mental list for my holiday shopping and upcoming birthdays. She has so much fun stuff on the shelves. I asked Heather how the store is involved in the arts. She stated, “Currently we have one permanent art installation, Shoezilla hanging in the store. We also have art showings from local artists throughout the space.” She’s planning on pairing up with the Rainshadow Charter High School to host a student art exhibit at the store.   After the holiday madness, Heather is hoping Mojo JoJocrafting spinning records at the Reno to add aDjfew crazy classes to the Public House. calendar so stay tuned and stop by this eclectic and interactive space the next time you are in Midtown. You can keep up with what is happening at Happy Happy Joy Joy by finding them on the web

at as well as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @happyhappyreno. I might not be all that young anymore (ahem), but every time I visit the businesses of Midtown, I feel more imaginative. I can not only introduce my children to a vibrant art community, but also know there is support for them and myself through classes at the Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada Fine Arts, or at The Holland Project. No matter what, we can go play like a kid at Happy Happy Joy Joy. I hope the adults and youth of our city see what incredible resources Midtown truly has to offer. Join the members of the Creative Coalition of Midtown as they host "Black Friday in Midtown" on Friday, November 29th, from 9am-5pm. A donation of a pair of children's winter shoes or boots or $20 donation to the Washoe County School District's Children in Transition program will get you a pass for the event.  Passes are good for discounts and special offers for many of your favorite Midtown businesses.  In addition to shopping, there will be a Santa photo booth, carolers, a local artist fair, and more! View or FB/ CreativeCoalitionReno for details. Reno Tahoe Tonight 35

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