Hobby shop is home for hands-on activities

HobbyTown hopes to draw fanatics from new generation of modelers

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All the cool kids are building models these days, and Littleton’s newest hobby shop is here to help.

Old-school hobbies — and some new ones — are on the rise, said Corey Bosworth, the owner of HobbyTown Littleton at 7981 South Broadway.

“Parents are realizing phones and screens aren’t good for their kids or society, and kids are realizing how cool some of this stuff is,” said Bosworth, who also owns a HobbyTown store in Parker.

After a couple decades of decline and closures thanks to online shopping, hobby shops are coming back as a hub for tournaments and clubs, Bosworth said.

Tabletop games like Warhammer, in which players do battle with hand-painted, hand-built miniature armies, robot models called Gunpla, and a new generation of role-playing games are drawing fanatics, Bosworth said. He plans to turn the back of HobbyTown Littleton into an event space for tournaments.

Also in the works: an indoor rock crawling course for radio controlled cars.

“RC car technology has advanced dramatically in recent years,” Bosworth said.

Some of the new models can travel up to 70 mph, he said, while others are designed to clamber up rocks. HobbyTown carries a wide range of RC cars and parts.

Also in the shop: all the classics, like model airplanes, pinewood derby car supplies, model trains, RC aircraft, kites, science kits, balsa wood gliders and rock tumblers.

Bosworth said the shop will be competitive with online shopping, as many of the shop’s dealers have set prices that are the same online or in a shop.

Further, he said, buyers relish the opportunity to talk to a knowledgeable source.

“We live, eat and breathe this stuff,” Bosworth said. “If you want a high-end RC car, Amazon’s not going to walk you through the pros and cons of different models.”

HobbyTown is a welcome addition to Littleton, said David Ortiz, who found the shop for the first time on Nov. 19, and is excited to attend Warhammer games at the shop.

“You spend about as much time just interacting with people as you do playing,” Ortiz said. “It’s a cool way to meet friends. And the game itself feels so much more real, because you can hold the pieces in your hands.”

Ortiz used to frequent Bonnie Brae Hobbies in Englewood until it closed in 2015, he said, and he’s cautiously optimistic about the future of hobby shops.

“There’s always more to collect, and more games to play,” Ortiz said.

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