What happened to the days of the LHS (Local hobby shop)
I remember growing up in San Diego and visiting Frank The Trainman or the hobby shop on the navy base. It was an exciting Saturday when my dad would take me to buy some more cheap brass snap track out of the bargain bin at Frank's. Up until recently nothing was grander, than to visit the hobby shop with a small shopping list and chatting with the guys about model railroading. I live in Fresno, the 35th largest city in the country and we have no real grand LHS. Sure there's Hobbytown USA and a couple of small stores. Even the ones that serve the model railroader are not fully stocked and are not that friendly. I was in one of the aforementioned a few years ago and the proprietor was complaining about the customers. I miss the local hobby shop.