Venice, Italy – The first thing the twins noticed on our street, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, was a tabacchi (tobacco) shop. But we’ll call it the “Lego Shop.” The Lego Shop window features a detailed Lego model of Piazza San Marco, as well as a larger scale model of the Palazzo Ducale. The twins were impressed.
Inside, there were more delights for 8-year-old Master Builders. The shop owner Steve is obviously a Master Builder and Lego fiend himself, as there are many original creations on display. (“You should see the back room,” he teased.)
He has created the brand Idea to market and distribute one original creation, a Lego gondola and gondolier. We learned that you can find these all over Venice, but it all started right here.
The other brilliant thing about the so-called Lego Shop is the wall of mini-figures, also created by Steve (and for sale for €3 each). Alternatively, he’s got zillions of pieces on hand, so patrons can create their own (also €3).
This shop is about one minute away from our apartment. I think Steve is going to get to know these boys pretty well.