West Virginia Hobbies and Crafts within the Putnam Village in Teays Valley and Nitro Passion and Craft at 104 twenty first St. in Nitro are Nearly Heaven havens for hobbyists of almost all ages, ability ranges and pursuits, be they radio-controlled plane or vehicles, modern-day drones, mannequin railroads or a myriad of different spare-time sidelines and diversions.
“We’re a full-line pastime and craft store, which is a dying breed nowadays,” mentioned Charles Willey of Winfield, who has owned the 2 companies for the previous 27 years together with his spouse, Sherri. Sherri manages the downtown Nitro location, whereas Charles works on the Teays Valley web site (which carries the lion’s share of the remote-controlled merchandise).
“I can’t say we’re doing extraordinarily extra enterprise than we had been pre-COVID-19,” Willey mentioned of current, time-of-pandemic gross sales tendencies, “however we’ve got seen some pick-up of curiosity in the previous couple of months. We’re seeing new folks coming into the outlets that weren’t in right here and into it earlier than.”
He mentioned budget-minded or neophyte RC hobbyists should buy a starter radio-controlled automobile for about $130 on the Putnam Village location. Airplanes begin at underneath $100.
Willey mentioned RC plane will be flown all year long, however, very like their real-life counterparts, climate circumstances are a significant contributing issue to partaking the gadgets in fall and winter.
Whereas scale-model railroad trains and equipment are additionally perennially well-liked buyer selections, Nitro Hobbies and Crafts and Nitro Passion and Craft commit total segments of every retailer to these with inventive tastes and skills.
“We run the gamut on the humanities and crafts facet,” Willey mentioned. “In all probability paint-by-numbers kits are our largest vendor proper now, however it’s all over. We feature numerous floral and artwork provides and numerous scrapbooking supplies.”
And though his almost 30 years as a pastime and crafts service provider make him a wellspring of information and recommendation for novice and seasoned prospects alike, Willey mentioned he pursues no specific hobbies of his personal from the stock his shops carry. “It’s strictly enterprise with me,” he mentioned.
Each of the shops are open from 10 a.m. to six p.m. Monday via Friday and 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday.
To contact the outlets, name 304-757-6474 (Teays Valley) or 304-755-4304 (Nitro) or go to their Fb pages.