I have a couple of family owned hobby stores locally here. One of them sells more than just model kits. They have slot car, trains, model kits, arts and craft supplies, R/C, candy, rockets, kids scientific projects, pinewood derby, and quite an extensive magazine selection. They don't have internet sales, but if you want something that they don't have, they'll order it for you and have great customer service. Now, the other store also carries different things as well in the store, but has an online catalog service that really makes the money to keep their doors open. It also allows the in store prices to be $3-$5 cheaper than elsewhere. They are very friendly people and sometimes I spend as much time talking to the employees and owners as I did shopping. Plus, lucky for me, both stores are within 2-3 miles of where I live. Gonna miss that when my wife and I move farther away from the area. Then it will most likely be more internet buying and periodic trips into Milwaukee for bulk purchaces.
If this is the hobby shop I am thinking of, I spent a lot of time there in my youth when they were still in Cudahy. I would get $2.00 worth of candy fish, and browse the isles. Very freindly folks for sure!