MrAllied, respect! What a clean and well stocked shop it was indeed! North America and Europe continue to loose these traditional shops where many model railroaders could "hang out and talk trains" with owners and regular customers alike. Hall's remained open every Thursday (Thanksgiving excluded of course) until 8 PM. Thursday was at one time when the stores in downtown Dallas remained open late so the ladies could shop and enjoy and evening on their own.
Bobbye was a natural born business woman and saw the advantage so did the same for the guys. She always had a table full of trains and things on sale, often overstocked inventory, which for the most part was gone by the time she closed up the shop. There was a coffee pot with fresh brewed java next to the Coke (Reg.U.S.Pat.Off.) machine and was always Free!
Sadly, all gone now, but happy memories remain just the same to this day.