It’s been a very strange journey from being a Musician / Music Promoter to a Respiratory Therapist to a toy store owner.
At the age of 15 I started playing in bands and booking shows. That started me on a 25+ year road of music. Believe it or not, you can have too much of a good thing. I just got burned out of the late nights, phone calls at all hours of the night and holidays, getting sick on the road amongst many other things. One thing that did come of me touring for years was buying toys all over North America. Over those years of touring, I amassed an army of toys.
Knowing that I was unhappy with a music career, my lovely wife, suggested I switch gears. She is a nurse and suggested I look into the medical field. I researched a lot of different hospital jobs and landed on Respiratory Therapy. My mother was dying of lung cancer and COPD and RT seemed like a good fit for a lot of reasons.
I so much enjoyed helping people in their most vulnerable of times. https://www.facebook.com/184923891536218/posts/4239905209371379/?d=n Fast forward to 5 years later. I found myself getting very depressed with the battles I couldn’t win. I can not describe how hard it is when a patient dies. Whether it’s unexpected or inevitable, having a patient die is never easy and it stays with you like a ghost on your back for the rest of your life. I knew I couldn’t keep doing medicine full time.
That is when 1313 Mockingbird Lane was born. I started doing comic and toy conventions 6-7 years prior to raise money for IVF Therapy for my wife and I. That’s a story for another day.
I really enjoyed the conventions and opening a store seemed like the next step for me once again to switch gears.
We looked around and stumbled onto this little 280 square foot space with a lot of potential. We spent 3 months setting it up, then released 1313 Mockingbird Lane onto the world. I still was working part time as an RT but the store became my main gig. Everything was going as planned for the store, then a year later, Covid hit, and everything changed in an instant.
We had to clo