Four-year-old Lev Goldfarb told his mother months ago that he wanted his birthday celebrated in a local grocery store, calling it his 'Metro Party.'
Birthdays are very special for kids. They want extravagant themed parties, exotic venues and dozens of treats and gifts. However, a boy in Prince Edward County in Canada got the birthday party of his dreams in a Metro grocery store. Four-year-old Lev Goldfarb told his mother months ago that he wanted his birthday celebrated in a local grocery store, calling it his "Metro Party."
According to CTV News Ottawa, his mother, Hadas Brajtman, shared that he loves visiting the grocery store. "We often shop at Metro. It's walking distance from our home, the staff is always friendly, and we typically run into friends, colleagues, and neighbors while shopping."
She added, "So when our son told us he wanted to have his party there, it kind of made sense, and while we thought it was the cutest thing ever, we never considered it a real possibility." Paul Jones, the store's assistant manager, explained that he loved the idea of a birthday party in the grocery store.
"I thought it was a lot of fun. I didn't even waver whether I wanted to do it," he said. "When I hear about a four-year-old's birthday party, I think of the zoo, I think about laser tag, not the grocery store. I told her we'll do something, and after that, we just ran with it." Lev invited several friends to his birthday celebration on March 18, and they even set up a pizza station where the kids could make their pizzas and a bakery section where they could decorate cupcakes.
They even had "Peppa Pig" playing on the TV, and a team member singing "Happy Birthday" to Lev over the PA system. They also prepared loot bags with yummy snacks, stickers, puzzles, playdough, animal figurines, a Metro shirt and aprons for the kids to take home.
Brajtman revealed that they also helped stock the shelves and got a tour of the store. "It was an absolute blast and the kids were so well-behaved. They made it easy for me," said Jones. In a Facebook post, which has been shared and liked by thousands of people, Brajtman expressed gratitude to the staff at Metro for making her son's dream come true.
"You didn't brush off an idea that came your way, even though it had never been done before and even more so because it came from a three-year-old," she wrote. "Thank you for giving him a birthday he'll never forget."
All of this happened in two hours, and Lev had a blast with his friends. "We are grateful to Paul, Murray, and the rest of the rockstar Metro family for a truly remarkable experience. You were so incredibly generous with your time, resources and creativity and for going above and beyond to create an experience that we will all remember for the rest of our lives," she added.
Brajtman also noted the importance of learning to ask, rather than assuming the answer will be a no, and "dare to engage in conversation and ideation because you truly never know, and you may be very pleasantly surprised."
Many people in the comments said that they witnessed the fun celebration while shopping at the Metro. "I was there! Not invited, just shopping, and seeing it put a GREAT big smile on my face," said Janet Davies. "This is next-level awesome! I love that your child had this unique idea! So cool! Happy Birthday, Lev! And way to go Metro! Just the best community spirit!" added Mary Camp.