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Comings & Goings: New ownership at toy store in downtown Oswego

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Updated: January 11, 2013 11:52AM

If you ever visited Bob’s Antique Toys and Collectibles in downtown Oswego, then you might have found a treasure in the small, crowded store. Or you were filled with nostalgia while scanning the cluttered shelves or digging through boxes of yesteryear.

Mike Taves knows what it is like to enter Bob Wolf’s store, and that is exactly why Taves, of Oswego, offered to buy it whenever Wolf decided to retire. It started as a running joke, Taves said, but the timing happened to be right last fall when Taves once again walked into the store and kidded Wolf about retiring.

Taves bought the store from Wolf the next day. Taves is thrilled to keep the store alive after Wolf ran it for 22 years. Now called Oswecards Sports and Trading Cards, the tiny shop still looks and feels the same with Taves at the wheel.

“I’m going to keep it status quo. We’ll see what sells and what doesn’t,” Taves said.

He added that he focuses more on sports cards, but he will keep the antiques and collectibles as well as coins, stamps and foreign currency.

“My main focus will be bringing in the new sports cards,” Taves said.

Taves, a former stay-at-home dad, was looking to set up shop with his collection of sports cards that ranges from baseball to hockey. He looked at some local retail areas, but he couldn’t pass up the kismet of taking over Wolf’s store.

Oswecards is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Find Oswecards at, on Facebook and on eBay.

New pizzeria in Batavia

Bella Olivia Pizza and Grill is celebrating the flavors of Italy and the Mediterranean at 2014 W. Wilson St. in Batavia. The former Cici’s Pizza location serves specialty pizzas, pastas, entrees and more.

Serkan Uyar, 32, opened the restaurant and pizzeria last month with his father, Dursan. Uyar, of Yorkville, moved to the U.S. from Turkey about six years ago. Uyar said his father has extensive restaurant experience, and they love pizza.

Bella Olivia has a full menu for lunch and dinner, and they offer a lunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $6.99. Specialty pizzas include Alfredo chicken pizza, cheeseburger, and barbecue.

So far, the Mediterranean-style meatballs are receiving rave reviews, Uyar said. Along with many classic pasta dishes, they also serve ribs, chicken, fish and shrimp.

Bella Olivia opens daily at 11 a.m. Visit Bella Olivia online at or on Facebook.

From records to diamonds

Perlman Fine Jewelry is taking over the former Kiss the Sky location in downtown Geneva. Owner Corey Perlman was unavailable for comment, but the new store at the corner of Route 38 and Third Street could open this weekend.

Kiss the Sky has since moved into a larger store next to Water Street Studios in downtown Batavia where they offer live music on the last Sunday of the month. Next up: psychedelic Chicago band Secret Colours plays at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

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