|Jul 25, 2011, 11:21 AM|
Massachusetts & Southern New England Hobby Shops
Adjusting the purpose of this thread to create a listing of Hobby Shops throughout Southern New England (CT, MA, NH, RI). I firmly believe that supporting your LHS is in your own best interest and the interest of our hobby. The privately owned local shops support our clubs, our hobby, and our communities (many have employees and provide summer jobs and first time work experience to young hobbyists). Most stock the same parts you'd order from an online shop. In most cases you save money by avoiding shipping fees (especially from over seas dealers).
If you run a shop in Southern New England, please post here and I'll add you to the list. If you're close enough (I'm in S.E MA) I'll probably drop by to check it out in person.
167 Corporation Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Monday - Friday: 10am ~ 8pm
Saturday: 10am ~ 5pm
Sunday: Noon ~ 5pm
71 Northbridge Road
P.O. BOX 422
Mendon, MA 01756
Finally made a trip here. Good well stocked shop with a lot of kits and parts available. They offer layaway plans. Hours can vary so check their site. This shop is located behind the owners house in a residential area, so don't think google maps has freaked out on you when you look it up.
They are strong supporters of The Lazy Loopers RC Club of Wrentham, MA.
2277 State Road Unit C.
Plymouth MA 02360
Never been here myself (the one time I was in the area they were closed), but I've heard good things.
830 Main Street Post Office Box 150
Hanson, Massachusetts 02341
A general service hobby shop specialized in Radio Control Models
Good shop with helpful staff. They have an assortment of hobbies in store, but they are RC focused. I've only been there once personally but it's a little closer to Boston and NH so it might be a better option for those near the NH border or north of the city. They have online ordering. Open Sundays
Hog Heaven Hobbies
494 Main Street
A Full-Line Hobby Shop Specializing in Radio Control. Open 7 Days, check site for hours.
Good selection of RC parts and accessories, ARFs and kits, engines and motors. Hog Heaven is a full-line shop, with airplanes, helicopters, cars, boats, plastics, railroad, and rockets.
They offer a loyalty program, free to sign up, which earns you 2% store credit with every purchase. And I support every club whose members support me. A club may receive free goods for club events worth 2.5% of its clubmembers' purchases.
RC Hover's Hobby Stop
369 Central St.
Foxboro MA, 02035
rchover.com, Hobbyquarters.com You can also find them on Twitter and Facebook.
Good RC shop specializing in Helis and Cars/trucks (Big outdoor track open as weather permits). Great selection of planes as well. They are also a good all around shop with trains, plastic models, and an assortment of paints. They have a limited selection of balsa for scratch builders, but no kits on hand. Though if there is anything they don't have they're willing to special order for you. Their brick and mortar store is open 7 days a week and they have a very complete online ordering site as well (HobbyQuarters.com). This is the shop closest my home, so I go there a lot.
Strong supporters of the NE Heli Crew.
Toyz for Boyz
12 Cove St.
New Bedford, MA 02744
Apponaug Color & Hobby Shop Inc.HobbyRI
1364 Greenwich Ave.
Warwick, R I 02886
Not sure how I missed these guys.I use to summer in RI (from Florida, go fig)when I was about 10-15 and they were within walking distance. An all around hobby shop that has been around for half a century. Heavily train based, but model kits and RC hobbies especially Fixed wing aircraft are available, too.
Brand's The Hobby Place
2193 Mineral Spring Ave.
North Providence, RI 02911
About 25 minutes south of the MA line in Rhode Island. Good shop, friendly staff. No online ordering. Store hours change seasonally so check the site before making the trip. Shop is owned by the current AMA Region I Vice President.
190 Buttonwoods Ave.
Warwick, R.I. 02886
Good shop covering all RC hobbies. Lots of parts. Has some kits and a good assortment of build supplies. Open Sundays.
RC Buyer's Warehouse
95 Northeastern Blvd.
Nashua, NH 03062
Well stocked shop with literally thousands of parts on hand. Also one of the few shops around that stocks a large assortment of stick built kits. Online Ordering available. I make the trip pretty often because it's literally the RC Plane Hobbyist's Lowes or Home depot. If they don't have it, you probably don't need it. Seriously, their spinner inventory is larger than some shops entire inventory. Closed Sundays.
327 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
Gerald D. Jarvis
"Everything for the R/C Hobbyist"
Just south of the Parkway across the street from the old Burger King.
Door around right in back.
Wed. Fri. Sat 11:00AM - 5:00PM, Tues. Thurs. Fri 7:00PM - 9:00PM.
33 Danbury Road (Route 7)
Wilton, CT 06897
Telephone: (203) 834-0441
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday 10AM - 6PM
Saturday 10AM - 5:30PM
Sunday 11AM - 5PM
63 Main Street
Old Mystic, CT 06372
Monday - Friday 11:30AM - 5:00PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday
Really nice shop with a super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful owner. Great selection of BP Hobby motors in stock along with a variety of Hitec servos for most applications. Some kits and ARFs too. Will special order if asked.
1131 High Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06905
Lee's Toy and Hobby
A little bit of everything. Really impressive of model aircraft hanging from the ceiling all made by a local modeler. RC selection is pretty good, lots of cars but a good selection of the expected Eflite/Parkzone and some Great Planes ARFs.
935 Poquonnock Rd
Groton, CT 06340
Mon-Thu. Sat 9:30AM - 5:30PM
Fri 9:30AM - 8:00PM
Sun 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Primarily focused on rc cars, they have 4 tracks sometimes 5 and they have great service
17 High Street
Stonington, CT 06378
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM -5:00PM
Nice shop, lots of electronics and spare parts for E-flite/Parkzone/Blade. Mostly planes and Helis, but some cars and also other hobbies (some might argue 'arts and craft') available.
Amato's Toy and Hobby
609 W Main St, #1, Branford, CT 06405
Build Right Fly Right Hobbies
342 Quinnipiac Street
Wallingford, CT 06492
While BRFR specializes in planes, helicopters, rockets, boats, gas engines and electric motors, RC equipment and supplies, our major commitment is to SERVICE and TRAINING.
Come see our new location - the only model shop in the Northeast to offer an indoor flying cage for electric RC helicopters, Ultra light RC planes, and a Slotless mini RC race car track,
RC Hobbies n More
200 New Hartford Road
Winsted, CT 06098
Time Machine Hobby
71 Hilliard St
Manchester, CT 06042
|Aug 14, 2011, 11:51 PM|
Primarily focused on rc cars, they have 4 tracks sometimes 5 and they have great service
|Oct 13, 2011, 10:03 PM|
I've updated info for a couple of shops on the list and added a couple of new shops. Again, if you're within a reasonable drive of the Boston area, post your favorite hobby shop and I'll add to the list.
|Feb 22, 2012, 05:43 PM|
Added you to the list. My better half and I wander down to Mystic several times a year (we're only about an hour away here in North Attleboro). Since this weekend looks like a poor flying weekend, maybe we'll wander down on Saturday if you're open.
Also cleaned up the list to make the state headings a bit more obvious and help make it easier to see where each shop is located.
|Feb 24, 2012, 01:05 PM|
Rick, I work as a musician on weekends so the shop is usually closed but since I don't have any gigs this weekend and the shop is right behind my home, I'd be happy to open up for you guys if you were in the neighborhood.
I'll probably be putzing around the shop a little tomorrow anyway. I'll PM you my cell # so if you decide to take a ride you can call me so I'll be around.
|Feb 25, 2012, 04:54 PM|
Added details for H&H Hobbies of Old Mystic, CT and added Quantum Hobby of Stonington, CT. Alphabetized the listing of shops within each state.
|Feb 26, 2012, 08:25 PM|
There's "Toyz for Boyz" in New Bedford, Ma. Good little shop with lots of heli's and cars with a dirt track.
Hansen Hobbies still in business?
There's a new shop which opened in Fall River as well. Its a friend of a club member of mine. Don't know the name but its near the intersection of S.Main and Globe St. I'll find out more details.
There's "Centerline Hobbies" in Hyannis. Never been but supposed to be a large shop.
|Feb 27, 2012, 07:57 PM|
|Feb 27, 2012, 08:22 PM|
I'll get the Fall River shops info soon.
|Feb 27, 2012, 09:04 PM|
Hanson Hobby is definitely still in business. It's a great place to go to, and reminds me a lot of the hobby shops I went to as a kid.
|Feb 28, 2012, 02:24 PM|
Added Hanson Hobby. Man I'm going to be racking up some gas bills, I can see it now. Lots of great shops I never knew about and probably others didn't either. Which is the whole point of this thread. Outstanding.
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