Hobby shops are the heart of the hobby. As the years pass, the stores evolve and change, but in one form or another, we ALL need access to a good hobby store.

View of Charlie's Bobbies, Tampa Fl.Photo by Charlie's Hobbies

I believe, in past years, there were a lot more local hobby shops. Competition and market evolvement has resulted (unfortunately) in the demise of many.

The large discount mail order companies, can offer kits, radios ,engines etc, at a price that the local stores cannot match. Then along came the on-line web site stores, that offer further competition to the local RC store!

So the local shops that have survived, must be offering excellent prices and a large selection, along with the other essential ingredient-technical advice and customer support. Most of the real stores offer mail-order and on-line shopping abilities-I guess this is a part of their secrets of success!

On these pages, I intend to review hobby stores, both real ('Red Brick") and on-line. Initially the real stores will be limited, geographically, to Central Florida and Southern Ontario. Here I can issue a challenge, to you the reader, to submit your reviews, of your local hobby emporiums, or please share with us your experiences ( Good or Bad!) dealing with Online stores.  If you are interested, please see below.

RC Hobby Stores- Toronto Area

View of A&J Hobbies Toronto

A&J Hobbies Ltd. Concorde, Ontario, Canada. My local RC hobby shop. Take a visit to this page for further information.

Hobby Hobby Inc. Mississauga, Ontario Canada. One of the finest RC Stores. Click here for more details.

Hobby Hobby have been in this location for a long time. The staff are very knowledgeable and eager to help.

Hobby Shops-Central Florida Area

View of Charlie's Hobbies Tampa FL.

Charlie's Hobbies Inc. Tampa, Florida, USA.   One of the finest RC hobby stores in the Tampa area.  Visit this page for more details.

Graves RC logo

Graves RC Hobbies, Orlando, Florida, USA.    Maybe the biggest hobby shop, that I have ever visited! If they do not have it in stock, then you probably don't need it! For more information on maybe the most comprehensive of all RC shops visit this page.

Red Rocket hobby shop logo

Red Rocket Hobby Shop.    A fine RC hobby shop, that has a wide range of airplanes and first class customer service. See here for more details regarding one of the finest hobby shops Online.

What Other Visitors Have Said

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Fantasy World got me started in RC Not rated yet
I've done 1/32 slot cars for a while and was curious about getting into RC. In particular a helicopter and a Hydroplane. After looking around at the slot …

Fantasy World Hobbies, best in the NW Not rated yet
I came to this store a while back in search of 1/32 slot cars. But I found more! They have a huge RC program, staff that know what the hell they are talking …

Xenon Project Not rated yet
We are a few hobbyists whose love for the hobby inspired us to try and give back to it via an RC hobby shop. The hobby community has always been so supportive …