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July 2017

Keep it positive
Online reviews can make or break your store; learn how to respond to negative comments and encourage positive ones
Handouts that get noticed
Revisit the basics of creating both big and small ‘tactile’ ads that customers will have a hard time putting down
Expand your base
Bringing new customers through the door shouldn't be costly or complicated
Rocky Mountain Hobby Expo
Introducing the Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo
The Rocky Mountain Hobby-Expo is a new hobby industry consumer/trade show scheduled for the end of October which will fill the void created by the demise of iHobby. The mission of the Rocky Mountain ...
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Education was front and center at NRHSA
The 2017 National Retail Hobby Store Association show saw another invigorating year. Held May 7-10 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the four-day event was filled with educational classes,...
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Slot Mods Raceways Launches Super Sport Track for Father’s Day
Just in time for Father’s Day, Slot Mods Raceways launched its Super Sport Raceway, a fixed 4’ x 8’ slot car track with hand painted surfaces and furniture grade wood accents. Price...
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diecast hall of fame
Buy tickets to Diecast Hall of Fame Ceremony
Celebrate the 2017 Diecast Hall of Fame Inductees on November 2. Schedule of Event 9:00pm Event opens to VIP ticket holders 10:00pm Ceremony Begins 10:30-12:00am Open to the public no ticket requi...
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Hobbyist drone registration ruled unlawful
Originally published at Drone360.com The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has reached a ruling on the Taylor v. FAA case regarding hobbyist drone registration. The ruling, ...
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Broadway Limited
Broadway Limited's 2017 Exclusive Run Program
Broadway Limited Imports announced its 2017 Exclusive Run Program which allows both distributors and dealers of BLI products to build new products with the Broadway Limited Imports brand that are avai...
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Woodland Scenics changes name
In an email, Woodland Scenics announced that its business name had changed to simply Woodland. This change is effective immediately. CEO, Dwayne Fulton said, "The purpose of this change is to have a ...
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Hafids Grand Bazaar 3D Box Left Facing
Hafid’s Grand Bazaar available in September
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Gullivers Gate
Gulliver’s Gate opens
A new HO scale model railroad exhibit opened in April. Gulliver’s Gate, a football field-sized display in New York’s Times Square, features well-known scenes from around the world and fict...
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Classic Metal Works HO scale vehicles
Classic Metal Works, Round 2 enter licensing deal
Classic Metal Works/CMW Holdings Ltd., producer of the Mini Metals line of HO and N scale vehicles, has entered into a 5-year licensing agreement with Round 2 LLC. After that term CMW Holdings Ltd. ma...
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People & Places

  • Woodland Scenics changed its name to simply Woodland, effective immediately.

  • Broadway Limited Imports announced its 2017 Exclusive Run Program. It allows distributors and dealers of BLI to build new products with the Broadway Limited Imports brand, available exclusively through them.

  • Jim Cavanaugh, owner of Clint’s Books Comics & Games in Kansas City, Mo., passed away May 12 from injuries sustained while defending his store from a robbery.  His store was possibly     the oldest continuously operated comic store in the U.S.

  • The winner of the GAMA 2017 Power Retail Awards “Outstanding Store Design” went to Metal Galaxy Games and Bistro in Calgary. The store is co-owned by Dorota Ulkowska and Pascal Espinosa. The winner of Outstanding Store was Game On in Prescott, Ariz. The store is co-owned by Josh Fohrman and Kyle Gustavson.

  • CMON hired Adam Lovell as the company’s new general manager. He will work to expand the company’s distribution and marketing in the U.S.

Send staff and company news to editor Elizabeth Nash at enash@modelretailer.com.
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