Bill Matusinec from Hobby City in Berwyn, Ill., wrote:
The challenge of a new day and getting new customers started and hopefully hooked on a long-term hobby. Also providing the knowledge and time the big-box stores and chain stores don't have a clue about.
Parma Hobby's Sandra Zednik answered:
I know I'll never make money on my looks alone!
Stacey Martin of Adventure Hobbies, Christianburg, Va., said:
Other than paying the bills, creating a community center for family entertainment.
Tony Waterman, HobbyTown USA, West Allis, Wis., had this to say:
We enjoy the customer base that we have. We also like to sift through the new product that is out there, trying to find that one gold nugget in the mix. Sometimes those items can completely catch you off guard as well! We try to have a fun atmosphere and hope our customers feel the same way when they come in.
Mike Duncan, River Eagle Hobbies, Boonville, Mo., wrote:
Too cold to do anything at home. Other than that, I always look forward to see what each day will bring and the people I will meet.
Bob Scott of Credit Valley Railway, Mississauga, Ont., Canada, said:
It’s mine. I have a job as long as I want to put the effort forward to keep people coming in. No one can take it away from me.
Cliff Whitney from Atlanta Hobby in Cumming, Ga., answered:
The challenge to win!
Bill Chappell from The Hobby Centre, Ottawa, Ont., Canada, wrote:
Things can only get better. I think I have been through the worst – poor economy and a major relocation. Challenge to keep it growing, innovate ways to “grow” hobbyists, and increase general awareness of who we are and where we are. Plus, it’s our 25th anniversary this year!
Jerry Anderson, Jass Sunglasses & Collectibles, Red Deer, Alta., Canada, commented:
With the economy as it is, some days it's hard. Meeting new customers, getting their input about what to stock and not to. Their input helps me expand my product lines and my store. Hopefully, everything will be ready for a move to a bigger and better location next month.