I love building models.  I've made cars, military vehicles, airplanes, dinosaurs, even replicas of famous firearms, back when they allowed those types of model kits to be sold. How did my interest in building model kits start? Hobby Lobby.

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I spent a portion of my childhood in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma. From 1976 to 1984, when I was 7-15 years old. Hobby Lobby was founded in Oklahoma City in 1975, and the original store was my favorite place in the world. My mom used to take us on Saturday afternoons, and we'd wander the aisles searching for the newest Star Wars arts & crafts, or a nice painting for our home.

Photo by Large Dave
Photo by Large Dave

When I moved back to Waterbury in 1984, I was so disappointed that there were no Hobby Lobby's here. K-Mart, Bradlee's, and Caldor's model selection sucked compared to Hobby Lobby, even Childs World and Toys R Us, their model sections and arts & crafts departments were relegated to one aisle.

There have been arts & crafts stores that have come close over the years, like Hobby Town in New Milford, but it took decades for Connecticut to finally land a Hobby Lobby.

Almost 5 years ago, Hobby Lobby opened up their first location in Connecticut on Farmington Ave in Bristol. I was there opening weekend, and I remember dropping close to $150 on models. It's funny, Hobby Lobby stores have such a distinct smell to them, like your parent's potpourri jar, mixed in with hints of yarn and paint. Since then, Hobby Lobby has opened stores in East Haven, Milford, and Manchester, Connecticut, and Poughkeepsie.

Hey Hobby Lobby, Danbury needs one of you. It's almost an hour from here to get to any of your stores. We have some very nice retail space open. Isn't it time?

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