New Tray Puzzles and Jigsaw Puzzles In Stock

 

It may be warming up a bit, but winter’s now over yet, and you still may need an indoor activity to keep you entertained on those cold nights. Therefore, I’m pleased to announce another dozen jigsaw puzzles arrived today! In addition to jigsaw puzzles, we also received out first foray into the tray puzzle space. Originally developed for children, the tray puzzle is also great for seniors, and particularly those living with dementia. Because of this wide range in demographics, the images on these puzzles can appeal to both the young and the young-at-heart.

The jigsaw puzzles vary in price, and the tray puzzles all go for $5.99 each. Stop in and I’m sure you’ll find a puzzle for yourself or someone you care about!

 

No Toledo Bus Trip in 2019

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Roger’s Hobby Center has been involved with a bus trip down to the Toledo Show for as long as I can remember -- it was always a fun experience for me as a kid, getting to spend the day with my dad and seeing all the cool stuff, plus it was a day off of school. When I started working here, my approach to the show changed. Now it was part of my job, but the enjoyment of going down, seeing the sights, and talking to our customers didn’t wane.

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Then, when we ended up taking the reins and organizing the trip ourselves -- and I became the trip coordinator -- the show changed for us again. Now we had to worry about the finances of getting the trip together, collect payment, and coordinate a large group of people at the same time. That first year was daunting, but we made it through, and the trip’s workflow and behind-the-scenes operation got easier and slightly less time consuming. Yet again, however, none of that diminished my enjoyment of the trip.

Over the past couple years, though, the finances have become a problem, which all came to a head last year, when we ended up with barely enough people to make the trip pay for itself. Couple that with a show obviously in decline, and an industry with problems attracting new hobbyists, and sadly, it no longer makes financial sense to organize the Toledo Show Bus Trip.

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I’m as sad as everyone else we won’t be bussing down to Toledo anymore. I’m bummed the show’s appeal has nosedived over the last few years, and I’m disappointed costs in transportation have risen so much that we need more people than ever to make the trip possible, but there is little I can do about any of that.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to everyone that made the Toledo Show Bus Trip possible over the last twenty-some years. A special thank you goes to Art Lewis, whose now-gone tour company organized and carried out the trip for many, many years before handing us the reins. The trip only existed in the first place because of him.

It’s been an absolute blast chatting with all of the people who joined us on the ride down, learning about what they saw at the show that got them excited, and what turned them off. Those people all have my sincere thanks for taking the time to explain their hobby to a young kid that knew nothing about it before he worked at a hobby shop.

It’s not impossible that we’ll revive the trip again someday, should conditions change. I wouldn’t put money on it, but I wouldn’t completely discount it, either. A lot can change in a year or two. For now, though, thank you once more to everyone that joined us on the bus, and we hope to see you all in the store.

 

4M Model Contest & Show This Weekend

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This weekend, check out the Mid-Michigan Model Maker's 35th Annual Model Contest & Show. It's a great way to see some of the local (and no-so-local; some folks travel from Ohio and Indiana to participate) model-building talent.The show is a labor of love for our local model club, so head out and show your support!

Saturday, February 2nd

Opens at 8:00am
Judging begins at 12:00pm
Awards at 4:00pm

New Location This Year

Knights of Columbus Hall
1021 Woodside Ave
Essexville, MI 48732

 

Check out some of our pictures from last year’s show!

Listen to Our New Radio Ads, Featuring Roger Himself!

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We’ve done a lot of radio ads over the last few years, and some of you know that all of our ads are written in house — we don’t contract with some to write them for us. Something most of you don’t know, though, is that from time to time, my sister and I recorded some of the radio ads we ran a long time ago.

Now we can add Roger himself to the list of people who have recorded a radio ad for Roger’s Hobby Center. Take a listen to the new ads, and keep an ear out for them running on Z93.3 and Wheelz 104.5!

Joe Ambrose, Horizon Hobby's CEO, Passes Away at 61

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On January 7th, Horizon Hobby took to Facebook to announce the unexpected passing of their CEO, Joe Ambrose, at the age of 61. While we didn’t always agree with the actions Horizon took under his leadership, Joe left an indelible imprint on the hobby industry and we send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and the whole of Horizon Hobby for their loss. Obviously, it’s too soon for Horizon to have publicly discussed a candidate for the position of CEO, but we expect that to happen in the near future. In the meantime, according to Horizon’s Facebook post, “[t]he executive leadership of Horizon Hobby will work closely with their board of directors during the transition”.

Check out the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette for a retrospective of Joe’s life and impact.