I happened to pass this building today, and felt a little melancholy. Another hobby business packed up and left. I don’t know what happened really. Maybe they moved somewhere else, or maybe the idea just didn’t fly. A lot of hobby related businesses just don’t succeed and whenever they close, I feel a sling twinge (or pang) of sadness.
|While out for a walk I came across this
I cannot really say I was part of the solution. I avoided going into the store because I didn’t really want to start another hobby, and this one seemed really tempting. Lego and robotics….. Had I gone in, my paycheque might have been a memory. Despite having some advertising on this sight, I am a long way from having it generate any kind of hobby budget.
We live in a great time for hobbyists, but perhaps not such a great time for people running a large hobby business. I would guess that running a home hobby business (I imagine somebody making flatcar loads at home, or building train layouts, or designing replica buildings) would be possible. It would require a great website, a great idea, a spare room or two and probably easy access to a post office. Running a business with a store location would require the same things, but would also mean renting out a store–and I imagine that it would cost a lot of money. I am impressed by anyone who does it because it must be hard. Taking that risk must be pretty scary.
I would hope that Lego had a stake in this enterprise, and therefore nobody lost their shirt trying to run this business. However, a short portrait in the very local newspaper seems to indicate otherwise. A brief bit of googling hasn’t brought me any answers. If you know something about it, please post it here; for my curiosity and others. I would also appreciate any thoughts on how your local hobby stores are doing.
On a side note, at the bookstore, there still seem to be quite a large number of magazines about hobbies still being published. Flipping through some of them, I can see that they are making an effort to go digital, but still seem to be publishing. Feel free to comment on this as well.