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About the Founder's of Once Upon A Child - 1985 Perrysburg, Ohio

Picture Of Once Upon A Child Founders Outside picture of the very first Once Upon A Child in Perrysburg, Ohio Information from first Once Upon A Child
Photos L to R: Dennis & Lynn Blum - Founders Once Upon A Child, Second retail store location in Perrysburg, Ohio, First Business Card

Once Upon A Child was founded in 1985 by Dennis and Lynn Blum of Columbus, Ohio. Like parents everywhere, Mrs. Blum knew how expensive it was to raise children—she had three growing boys herself. She understood the frustration of investing hard-earned money in children’s toys, clothing and equipment only to see them outgrown before kids had a chance to wear them out! Lynn looked around one day at the piles of children’s items around her and thought, “Wouldn't it be great if there were some way to recycle all this kids stuff?” 

With the blink of an eye, Lynn’s creative recycling idea was born: establish a place where parents could buy and sell gently used, nearly new kids’ items - making and saving money at the same time. It was the birth of Once Upon A Child!

With only a few dollars in her pocket and help from her husband Dennis, Lynn transformed her dream into reality. She opened her first store in Perrysburg, Ohio in 1984.

In 1992, the franchising rights for Once Upon A Child were sold to Growbiz International (now known as Winmark Corporation). Dennis and Lynn Blum continue to own and operate 8 Once Upon A Child Stores in the Columbus & Toledo area & several other resale concepts unaffiliated with Winmark.

OUAC, Inc. also founded the Plato's Closet store concept and continue to own and operate 7 stores in the Columbus & Toledo Area. The franchising rights for Plato's Closet were sold to Winmark in 1998.

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6215 Enterprise Court, Dublin, Ohio 43016
Phone: (614-)791-0000  Fax: (614)-791-0053
E-Mail: founders@ouac1.com  Web:www.yousave.com 

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Once Upon A Child has open positions in several store locations in the Toledo and Columbus Ohio areas. The ideal team members will be customer service minded. Previous retail experience is desired and you must be able to work evenings and weekends. Knowledge of style trends together with a passion for fashion and clothing is also desirable. Once Upon A Child offers excellent growth opportunities, a competitive salary, generous bonus potential, benefits, and an employee discount. Click below for more info:

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Once Upon A Child Reynoldsburg

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6026 E Main St
Columbus, OH 43232
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Once Upon A Child Columbus

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7454 Sawmill Rd
Columbus, OH 43235
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Once Upon A Child Dublin

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5777 Karric Square Drive
Dublin, OH 43016
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Once Upon A Child Gahanna

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1385 StoneRidge Lane
Gahanna, OH 43230
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Once Upon A Child Grove City

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2221 Stringtown Road
Grove City, OH 43213
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Once Upon A Child Perrysburg

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142 East South Boundary
Perrysburg, OH 43551
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Once Upon A Child Sylvania

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5644 Monroe St
Sylvania, OH 43560
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Once Upon A Child Westerville

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399 S State St Suite 25
Westerville, OH 43081
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