I used to go to Al's in Elmhurst. When they closed, it broke my heart, but it was evident that Al's was dying a slow death. Like any hobbyist, you want to check out other venues if just out of curiosity. I hadn't been to Oakridge Hobbies since they were at their old location, so I almost assumed they were gone, too when I mistakenly went to the old spot. I looked on my phone and saw that they had moved to a bigger store across the street. I'm glad I went in! While they aren't your typical hobby shop with parts and screws and such everywhere, they are a magnificent toy store. They are much cleaner and organized better than your old fashioned hobby store. There are all sorts of toys I didn't know they made and a lot I hadn't seen since I was a kid. They alsohave a decent train area, a dollhouse section, slot cars, a fair amount of remote control, but mainly catering to backyard bashing and park flyers. The staff was great. They were friendly, polite and even offered to show me some new planes I might be interested. There were a lot of kids checking out the train table in the middle that had buttons that made sounds and the trains go. Even though all I bought this time were batteries for my HobbyZone Sport Cub I will be back later on to upgrade my transmitter radio because they said they would bind and set it up for me for free.
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