Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
Lakeshore Learning Store.

2148 Polaris Parkway (Polaris), Columbus 43240


File this nugget of knowledge away: Lakeshore Learning was founded in the 1950s by Ethelyn Kaplan, a single mom who first opened a toy store but then realized there was a bigger need for art and learning supplies. She headed the company until 1971; her son and grandsons still run the operation.

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