Hobby shop’s clos­ing sig­nals end of an era

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS - Carol Ann Glea­son, who lives in Ken­more, likes mak­ing mem­o­ries with her grand­chil­dren.

Two of my grand­sons, ages 10 and 12, were at my house last month. The Buf­falo News was on the kitchen ta­ble. While go­ing through the pa­per in search of the most im­por­tant pages – the comics – they came across a head­line: “Ni­a­gara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed.”

We read the news of the hobby shop clos­ing with sur­prise and sad­ness. The boys and I talked about our mem­o­ries of be­ing at the hobby shop.

When Grandad and Grandma visit from Ok­la­homa, the hobby shop is the first place they take the chil­dren. Not only did the boys have fun rac­ing their cars, they knew Grandad and Grandma would add to their col­lec­tion of cars.

Time to cash out meant wait­ing in the long line that me­an­dered up and down the aisles of the shop. They waited pa­tiently like the other en­thu­si­as­tic cus­tomers. The crowd was friendly and seemed to ra­di­ate a quiet and peace­ful thanks for hav­ing one last day to visit the hobby shop.

As my grand­sons were en­joy­ing their time rac­ing Indy around the track, they knew this was their last race at the hobby shop.

While the boys were in­side, their sis­ter played on the ca­boose, which also was for sale. It had a fair but hefty price tag. The chil­dren hoped Papa and Nana could af­ford to buy it.

Their sis­ter was not in­ter­ested in cars but did find a kite. She is now wait­ing for a windy day to fly the kite with Papa.

The clos­ing of the Ni­a­gara Hobby & Craft Mart was sad news. The boys learned that there are dis­ap­point­ments in life. Now where will they race slot cars? They’ve al­ready done some in­ves­ti­gat­ing and be­came aware of an­other shop in the area.

Maybe the boys will re­ceive a race track for their Oc­to­ber birth­days. It is quite pos­si­ble that when Grandad and Grandma come to visit at Christ­mas­time, the boys will be mak­ing new mem­o­ries as they race cars on their own race track in the base­ment.

Hob­bies seem to cross gen­er­a­tional lines and cre­ate mem­o­ries of fun and com­pan­ion­ship. As John S. Kavulich leaves the busi­ness, he can be very proud that his dad’s hob­bies pro­vided so much fun for so many.

In just a few days my hus­band and I saw dis­ap­point­ment, en­joy­ment and an­tic­i­pa­tion in our grand­chil­dren’s lives. We were glad we were able to “steer” them through th­ese “tracks” of life.

By the way, the boys and I con­tinue to read the comics in The Buf­falo News.

The crowd was friendly and seemed to ra­di­ate a quiet and peace­ful thanks for hav­ing one last day to visit the hobby shop.

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