For many adults, hobbies that they had as children were an integral part of their growing up. Hobbies taught patience, pride in workmanship, perseverance, math, craftsmanship, science, attention to detail and self esteem. Even when the project failed, there were lessons to be learned that would help in completing the next project. Lucky for us, there are still plenty of hobby shops still in business in Cleveland offering quality models, trains and crafts to help us unleash the inner artist. Even better is the fact that the youth is taking to hobbies just like their parents and grandparents.
Depot Train & Hobby
4342 W. 130th St.
Cleveland, OH
(216) 252-8880

Since 1982, Dean Kohler has been dispensing advice to avid hobbyists in the Cleveland area. What was originally a print shop with a small train section in the basement; the house/store now boasts two sales floors. The shop specializes in trains, rockets, wooden ships, tools and paint as well as models, and nothing is sold without the owner trying it out first to check for quality. For expert advice, check it out. Just know that you will probably drive right past the house on your first pass.Hours are Tues., Wed., Fri., & Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday, and Thurs. 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and it is closed Sundays.

Parma Hobby (Photo By Mark Horning)

Parma Hobby
5275 Ridge Road
Cleveland, OH
(216) 741 – 6440

This small mom-and-pop store is the general store of hobbyists and is packed with a little bit of everything. For 20 years, Bob and Sandy Zednik have been dispensing advice on everything from trains, models, radio controlled, building supplies, rockets, science kits, tools, books, magazines, puzzles, paints and educational kits. Their aim is to supply the material in order for the hobbyist to do it themselves. They have a free monthly newsletter that you can sign up for, and there is always fresh coffee and cookies for the customers. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Michaels (Photo By Mark Horning)

14225 Ridge Road
Cleveland, OH
(216) 741-1377

The motto for Michael’s is “where creativity happens” and you can bet that a lot of creativity comes out of this store. Inside is packed with every kind of craft material that the do-it-yourself hobbyist could desire, and at extremely affordable prices. This is you’re A-to-Z place to stop for all your craft/hobby needs and the staff is friendly and cheerful. This is the big store with the small shop attitude. Hours are Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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The Hobby House
12613 State Road
North Royalton, OH
(440) 582-0909

The Hobby House carries the largest assortment of classic car model kits as well as trains and accessories, remote control cars, boats, planes and helicopters.  They also have a complete selection of rocket kits. For the crafters, they carry a complete supply of material for making handmade gifts. For the artist, there is a complete line of paint and paper. Hours are Monday through Friday 1 to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday.

Bad L’s Hobby
13397 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH
(440) 941-2235

If slot cars are your thing, then this is the place for you. This shop specializes in everything HO including cars, track, bodies, parts, trucks, race sets, drag strips, accessories, kits, decals, collectibles, 1/43 scale cars and accessories, 1/32 scale cars and accessories, helicopters, tools, model kits, newest arrivals and consignments. Hours are Sunday 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday and Friday 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Close Mondays and Wednesday.RelatedBest Library Programs For Kids In Cleveland

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