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Old 06-15-2019, 07:03 PM
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End of something good (Model-related)

So the other day, Mike, the owner of the superlative Galaxy Hobby store, posted on Facebook that he was losing his lease and was shutting down the store by the end of June.

I was there a couple nights ago for the monthly meeting of the Galaxy Hobby Sci-Fi Club, of which I am currently Ringleader, and the store was looking pretty darned empty. Prices were crazy low, and even some of the display cases had "SOLD" signs on them.

It's hard to say where locals can go for model supplies now; there's a Hobby Lobby nearby, but they don't have a lot in the way of paint and glue, and have no sheet styrene or styrene strip or brass tube or epoxy putty whatsoever. Skyway Model Shop, an excellent store that looks like your uncle's cluttered basement, is still open, but that's thirty minutes away. And there are a couple HobbyTowns in the area.

And certainly Hobby Lobby wouldn't support a club the way Mike has. He provided a meeting room every month, keeping the store open late for us, and held two model contests (including the sci-fi specific Sci-Fan contest) every year, providing store gift certificates for prizes. True, he charged admission for the show, but I'm pretty sure that didn't cover the cost of prizes.

At the club meeting, I called him over, and expressed our thanks for all he had done. He then got a standing ovation that just went on and on. A touching moment.


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