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Sen. Ben Cardin names Eldersburg toy store Senate Small Business of the Week

Jason Barnes reopened All Time Toys in Eldersburg in October after his store in Ellicott City was flooded twice, in 2016 and 2018.
Jason Barnes reopened All Time Toys in Eldersburg in October after his store in Ellicott City was flooded twice, in 2016 and 2018. (Ken Koons/Carroll County Times / Carroll County Times)

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland named Eldersburg-based All Time Toys the Senate Small Business of the Week.

Jason Barnes, owner of All Time Toys, moved the store from historic Ellicott City after two floods ravaged the town in 2016 and 2018. The store opened in Eldersburg in October.

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All Time Toys sells toys, games and other pop culture memorabilia from the 1970s through today.

According to a Friday news release, Cardin submitted a Congressional Record Statement honoring All Time Toys after Barnes testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in support of disaster relief programs.

Cardin, the ranking member of the Senate committee, invited Barnes to the hearing. Cardin, a Democrat, is seeking improvements to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s various disaster programs.

“For too many small businesses, a major natural disaster marks the end of a dream,” Cardin said in a statement. “But for Jason and All Time, surviving two historic floods has opened up a new chapter defined by resilience and persistence.”

In his statement, Cardin also commented on the trials that Barnes has been through, after his business faced two “1,000-year flood events” two years apart from each other.

“According to [the Federal Emergency Management Agency], 40 percent of small businesses that go through a major disaster never open doors again,” Cardin said in the statement. “And given that Jason was a brand-new entrepreneur who had lost the vast majority of his stock, to say that All Time beat the odds would be an understatement.”

“I am proud of Jason’s Free State perseverance and I am honored to recognize him and his entire team at All Time Toys as the Senate Small Business of the Week,” Cardin said in the statement. “I look forward to watching their continued growth and success.”

Baltimore Sun Media Group reporter Jess Nocera contributed to this report.

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