While I wont remember that shop as I didn't grow up in Detroit. I think all of us have fond memories of childhood hobby shops. I grew up in the late 70s and early 80's for my initial Lionel years of childhood. For me, it was Harmon's trains on US31 near Arcadia, IN. And Casey Jones trains on Shadeland Ave in Indianapolis. I found many more once I got my first car and could travel and hunt down shops still carrying Lionel trains. I went on to become Harmon's repair tech once I could drive. There are times I wish for a time machine to go visit those great shops in late 1940s and thru the 50's. So many came and went before my time. Mike the Aspie
That would be a lot of fun to be able to visit those old time hobby shops! Too bad there was only 8MM film which was very expensive to purchase and process -- and often required the use of blinding multi bulb floodlights indoors! Videos of those old hobby shops would be wonderful.
I wonder which currently opened hobby shops still have the character and charm of the old shops? The now closed, "Wild Bill's Train Shop" in our area attempted to recreate some of that charm, although with currently produced item's. Bill said that he even wanted to duplicate the "feel" of the old time barber shops, and had a large table, and very comfortable chairs where customer's (mostly male) could sit and talk model trains, or, discuss sports and current events. (That table is now at Great Lakes Hobby Store, which is also nearby.)
I have always wanted to visit Nicholas Smith Trains in Broomall, Pa. I wonder if that store still has that "old time" feel. I'm sure that other Forum Members may know of other such hobby stores.