MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The closing of Shenanigans Toys in Maplewood Village, announced this week on Facebook by owner Erin Lundstrom, appears to have been forced at least in part due to unpaid state taxes.
Lundstrom issued a notice on the store’s Facebook page on Thursday that the doors had closed, stating:
It is with great sadness that I have played with my last toy, wrapped my last gift, told my last joke and said my final thank you.
Being a small business is hard work, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week of worry, concern, juggling and work work work to make a business thrive.
And in the age where product you can think of is available with a touch of your phone, small businesses need all of the support you can give to them. Please shop locally. The extra trip it takes you around the parking lot means a store can last for another day and it's employee's will continue to have work.
I NEED to say thank you!
Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me. Their smiles, laughter, tenacity, creativity, and everything that makes them lovable has made my dream come true even better than I could have imagined.
It has been the honor of my life that you have entrusted me with your children and shared so many wonderful moments with me.
This moment of Shenanigans has ended, but I will return in the future. All for the love of fun!!!
....see you around town
But a notice of seizure by the state Department of Taxation was also posted Thursday on the store’s window and front door. It read in part:
The property contained herein has been seized pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:49-13A for non-payment of New Jersey state taxes by virtue of warrants of execution of certificates of debt docketed in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
The notice later added:
All persons are warned not to remove or tamper with this property in any manner under penalty of the law.
No other details on the unpaid taxes was available on the notice or via the Department of Taxation. A search of state records found only a recent judgement by the state tax department against Lundstrom for $2301.40 in April 2017. But it is unclear if that is related to Shenanigans, which operates as Shenanigans Toys LLC.
Lundstrom could not be reached for comment and she has yet to respond to a message via the store’s Facebook page seeking comment.
Shenanigans opened in 2015, taking the place of the previous toy shop, Scrivener’s.