There were three hobby shops that I used to frequent when I was younger. There was one off University/47 in Fridley just south of Northtown Mall (can't remember the name) that I would always try to go to after my brother had a hockey game at the Colombia Arena. Then there were 2 HobbyTown USA locations that had great selections. One was also in Fridley near the Ax-Man Surplus store (great store by the way!), the other was in Brooklyn Park on Brooklyn Blvd just east of 81. The latter I believe moved further east down Brooklyn Blvd, however the kit selection has been greatly reduced. Nowadays, I stick to Hub Hobby or Scale Model Supplies for when I don't buy online.
The reason the Charger doesn't have a manual is two-fold, the floor wasn't originally designed to fit the manual, and the take rate would theoretically be too low to bother with redesigns and government testing. Besides, at least it's a RWD high performance car again rather than the 4-cylinder FWD econo car it was back in the 80's (that's not to say I wouldn't love to have one of the Charger Shelbys!)
I still think the Foose partnership would be a good reason to rerelease the 1/12 C2 Corvette kit, they could base it on the one from Overhaulin (it was a '64, but close enough) or he could design something different.