Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Celebrating Families, Building Traditions.... All In One Place. Focusing on products that you and your family will grow with... not grow out of. Products that children can enjoy alone, parents can enjoy with their children, and grandparents can enjoy with their grandchildren.

Our 2017 Toys For Tots Donation....

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

We are awaiting pick-up for our donation to Toys for Tots, organized by https://buffalo-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coo…/…/default.aspx, who do wonderful work..... Just because we have closed our doors does not mean that the giving doesn't continue...

From The Buffalo News: My View: Hobby shop’s closing signals end of an era

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The Buffalo News
Buffalo, New York

My View: Hobby shop’s closing signals end of an era
By My View | Published October 12, 2017

By Carol Ann Gleason

Two of my grandsons, ages 10 and 12, were at my house last month. The Buffalo News was on the kitchen table. While going through the paper in search of the most important pages – the comics – they came across a headline: “Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed.”

We read the news of the hobby shop closing with surprise and sadness. The boys and I talked about our memories of being at the hobby shop.

When Grandad and Grandma visit from Oklahoma, the hobby shop is the first place they take the children. Not only did the boys have fun racing their cars, they knew Grandad and Grandma would add to their collection of cars.

Their little sister would enjoy looking at the craft items and doll furniture. She also knew that she would be bringing something home.

Spending time at the hobby shop was a whole family event.

After reading the article, the boys realized the hobby shop would be opened the following Saturday. It would be one last day to reminisce, purchase cars and race their cars on the track. The plan was made!

On Saturday morning, the grandchildren would come to my house for breakfast, then Papa would drive them to the hobby shop at 9 a.m. I made them pancakes with maple syrup and whipped cream.

The boys had their money and knew what cars they wanted to buy. They were full of anticipation and excitement during the 20-minute drive.

Upon arrival there already was a line. The boys knew where the cars they wanted would be. Alas, even at that early hour, there was only one left! And that Indy car became their prized possession.

Time to cash out meant waiting in the long line that meandered up and down the aisles of the shop. They waited patiently like the other enthusiastic customers. The crowd was friendly and seemed to radiate a quiet and peaceful thanks for having one last day to visit the hobby shop.

As my grandsons were enjoying their time racing Indy around the track, they knew this was their last race at the hobby shop.

While the boys were inside, their sister played on the caboose, which also was for sale. It had a fair but hefty price tag. The children hoped Papa and Nana could afford to buy it.

Their sister was not interested in cars but did find a kite. She is now waiting for a windy day to fly the kite with Papa.

The closing of the Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart was sad news. The boys learned that there are disappointments in life. Now where will they race slot cars? They’ve already done some investigating and became aware of another shop in the area.

Maybe the boys will receive a race track for their October birthdays. It is quite possible that when Grandad and Grandma come to visit at Christmastime, the boys will be making new memories as they race cars on their own race track in the basement.

Hobbies seem to cross generational lines and create memories of fun and companionship. As John S. Kavulich leaves the business, he can be very proud that his dad’s hobbies provided so much fun for so many.

In just a few days my husband and I saw disappointment, enjoyment and anticipation in our grandchildren’s lives. We were glad we were able to “steer” them through these “tracks” of life.

By the way, the boys and I continue to read the comics in The Buffalo News.

Carol Ann Gleason, who lives in Kenmore, likes making memories with her grandchildren.

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John Kavulich Sr. Wooden Aircraft Collection On Loan To Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post 6251

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Today, John Kavulich Sr. Collection of sixteen (16) wooden aircraft models was delivered to PVT. Leonard Post Jr. VFW 6251 located at 2450 Walden Avenue in the Town of Cheektowaga, New York.

The collection, which includes aircraft from the dawn of flight (Wright Flyer), through WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, and present day will be displayed for all visitors to enjoy while they participate (and support) the many activities hosted by and sponsored by PVT. Leonard Post Jr. VFW 6251.

facebook.com/leonardpost6251

 

Another Donation: Heritage Education Program

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

We are happy to have donated a dollhouse kit to the Heritage Education Program, soon to be known as ARC of Erie County. They will use the dollhouse to raise funds for the amazing work that they do with children.....http://www.heritagecenters.org/

Another Donation: Seneca-Babcock Community Association

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

This morning, a representative from the Seneca-Babcock Community Association visited to obtain a donation; and will return for rugs.... We are happy to help!

https://www.facebook.com/Seneca-Babcock-Community-Associa…/…

We Cried Reading This..... We're So Very Thankful.

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

The following offers a narrative for what Brick & Mortar experiences are all about... and the Internet is unable to offer......  We are grateful for these words for they reflect the mission of our founder- sharing.

"Hello,

My son and I are deeply saddened by the closing of the store. He has been coming to your establishment since he was three years old. He's now ten. He loves trains! He came in on so many occasions simply to watch the trains on the models.

My son is on the Autism Spectrum and your store provided so much comfort and happiness to him. It was always a special treat when he could go and spend a few hours and leave with either a Thomas train another type of model or a craft to do. I had to break the news to him yesterday and he was devastated.. We will be by this Saturday for one last goodbye.

Thank you for allowing children (everyone!) to enjoy your hobby store for so many years! It will be greatly missed!

Sincerely,

J and K"

15 September 2017

Customer Appreciation Day- Saturday (70% Off your Purchase)

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Appreciation Day

Saturday

16 September 2017

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

We are immensely grateful for the gracious, and in many instances personal messages delivered to us by telephone, email and social media.  Having a positive impact upon generations of families is heartwarming.

Our founder had two phrases that reflected his vision: “Celebrating Families, Building Traditions… All In One Place.”  And “Begin something today that you, your family and friends will enjoy for a lifetime.”

That the free children’s events, free use of the slot car tracks, free use of the pinewood derby track, free gaming and model building, the interactive train layout, retaining free layaway when other stores didn’t (and worked with customers when financial issues arose), and the Holiday Tradition of Santa, his Elf and his reindeer visiting our caboose and every child receiving a gift and free photograph… meant so much to so many reflects our founder’s philosophy- free meant free; no gimmicks.  Equally satisfying was the support that we delivered for thirty-one years to individuals and organizations throughout Western New York. 

We heard from many who asked for a last opportunity to visit…. Thank you for that.

So, we want to provide a final opportunity for our longtime customers, our extended family really, to visit us and make use of 70% off your purchase.

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Thank You For 31 Wonderful Years.... We've Closed Our Doors.

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

With this note, Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart has closed its doors after nearing thirty-two years located in the Town of Cheektowaga, New York. 

We wish to thank our employees- many of whom began with us as high school students and continued with us through, and sometimes past, their college and university years; our suppliers- manufacturers and wholesalers for ensuring that we had the products we needed; those organizations throughout Western New York that permitted us to support their good work; and our customers, whose transactions made possible our journey.

Perhaps, you may see us again.

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Our Final Day Sale.... 50% Off.....

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Today, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm is the FINAL DAY for our 50% end-of-summer clearance sale.... Save even more on our already low prices... Lionel trains, Estes rockets, Dremel tools, paints and brushes (hobby, art & craft), Built-up (many with LEDs) G scale, O scale, HO scale and N scale structures; Pinewood Derby accessories, slot car accessories, Thomas & Friends, Schleich animals, Dollhouses and accessories... and much more!  All sales final.

Today & Tomorrow Remain For Our 40% To 50% Off End-Of-Summer Clearance Sale

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

Today and tomorrow remain for our 40% to 50% off end-of-summer clearance sale.... At 8:00 pm on Saturday the great deals will be no more.....

Alexis DeJoria Wins Again!

Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart

To Our Friend Alexis:

What a profound joy to be reading USA TODAY this morning, turning to the final page of the Sports Section.... And see the acknowledgment of your NHRA Nationals victory.....

Talent to learn, talent to progress, talent to succeed, talent to win.....