Royal Oak is a destination spot for many things … even toy soldiers

It’s not uncommon to head on over to Royal Oak for a bite to eat, a
drink, and to catch a movie at the Main Art Threatre. And, for some,
it’s not uncommon to go to Royal Oak to check out, or pick up, some toy
soldier ware.


Rick Berry and Dave Youngquist are co-owners of the
6,000-square-foot Michigan Toy Soldier Company in Royal Oak, a business
that is the focal point, or gathering place, for the strong community
of collectors of toy soldier military collectibles.

said Michigan has one the largest group of collectors nationwide. Proof
is the 20th Semiannual Detroit Toy Soldier and Figure Show, 12th
Michigan Historical Miniature Show scheduled for next Saturday and
Sunday in Madison Heights.

Berry and Youngquist host the event
that also houses the 4th Iron Brigade Militaria Show where military
items are swapped and sold.

Its not surprising that Berry is the
founder of the show, store owner and head of a successful collectible
online business. Despite the tough economy, Berry said his holiday
business was just as strong in 2008 as 2007.

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