Mr Mopps, which was established in 1962, threw a party for its 50th birthday on Sunday. Photo: Bill Newton

Berkeley’s venerable Mr Mopps’ toy store celebrated its fiftieth birthday on Sunday (as we alerted readers in our weekend It List, published last Thursday). The store at 1405 Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Rose, was taken over two years ago by Devin McDonald, son of Country Joe McDonald, and Jenny Stevenson. There were balloons, music, and face painting and Bill Newton was there to capture the festivities on camera.

View a Photo Gallery of the birthday party.

Musicians and bunting were both part of the festivities. Photo: Bill Newton

McDonald and Stevenson bought the store after reading that it was for sale on Berkeleyside. Watch them talk about their vision for the shop in this video shot for Berkeleyside by Kim Aronson, originally published in March 2011:

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...