Saturday mornings in Old Town Scottsdale regain some innocence through “Mornings with Mother Goose.” a 10 a.m. storytelling session with former kindergarten teacher Rometty. The hourlong sessions, located at Old Town Candy and Toys, 4000 N. Scottsdale Rd., are free for parents and children.
The inspiration for Rometty’s store was a retro-themed toy and candy store called Cousin’s Candy in San Diego.
“I just like all the throw-back stuff like Lucy and old cars,” Rometty said. “When I saw the space, I said that’s too big for just candy, so I threw in toys and my husband has made some wooden toys."
Rometty wanted a business that could utilize her husband’s skills as an artist. They’ve sold some wooden cars and hope to start making furniture for girls.
All the woodwork in the shop was custom designed and made by the couple, giving it a real personal, unique touch. The walls are covered with stained vertical wood, which Rometty said was inspired by Cracker Barrel and old general stores.
Rometty was a schoolteacher for 18 years and has recently taken a leave of absence to open the store. Many of her former students will remember her alter ego Mother Goose, who would go from class to class entertaining students.
It began 6 or 7 years ago while teaching in the library, she said.
“Halloween came along, so I decided to dress up as the Humbug witch,” Rometty said.
That led to Mother Goose. Students loved it, but some of the younger ones would ask where Mrs. Rometty was while Mother Goose sat in the room.