Make time for something to fill your downtime with a hobby that sparks your creativity, interests and passions. Enjoy stringing tiny beads to create beautiful pieces of jewelry, arts and crafts, collecting dolls, designing detailed model train tracks weaving through intricate villages and landscapes, launching model rockets, flying drones, or any hobby in between. Whatever your hobby is, or if you’re looking to start one, find everything you need at one of these nearby hobby shops. Start making the most of your free time when you explore these top hobby shops in the St. Louis area.

Schaefer’s Hobby Shop
11659 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63126
(314) 729-7077

Make this your first stop for just about any hobby you desire to pursue and chances are the store will carry what you need. Attend a make and take class where you can explore a variety of crafting options, from metal stamping to jewelry making or acrylics. Find everything from drones or model trains to a wide selection of beads for jewelry, painting supplies, dollhouse furniture, origami kits and a variety of hobbies in between. The people at Schaefer’s approach their business with a passion for hobbies and are knowledgeable; when you walk into the doors, you will be welcomed with a shop that has more than 60 years of family owned and local history.

CRM Hobbies
5101 Eichelberger St.
St. Louis, MO 63109
(314) 832-4840

If you are into building models, you know that there is more to building a model than simply gluing together pieces of plastic. It involves intricate details and use of paints, clay, airbrushes and whatever it takes to create a true-to-life miniature replica. Find military and war airplanes and battleships, space expedition, medieval and prehistoric times models to build from a kit or finished products. This is also the place to go when competing in a pine wood derby because the shop carries a wide selection of tools and paints to make your racer glide down the track.

Checkered Flag Hobby Country
5444 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 843-7800

Extend your hobby to include scouting and science learning while having fun. Visit the new location in South County and you will find a host of hobby supplies as well as Girl Scout uniforms and pine wood derby kits. Shop for remote-control cars, air and water items, crafts for kids, die cast cars, model railroad supplies, rocket kits, or pick up a science kit for enjoyable hands-on education. Find dollhouse kits and all of the accessories you need to furnish your new miniature home.

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Mark Twain Hobby Center
2793 W. Clay St.
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 946-2816

Experience this favorite go-to spot for hobby enthusiasts on the west side — it’s worth the trip across the bridge to find what you need. Shop for radio control, die casts, model kits, model railroad accessories, rockets, kites, toys and science kits. Find a wide selection of tools and parts for slot cars and pine wood derby cars. Discover a new hobby or enhance an old one with a variety of software, books and DVD guides.

Rodney’s Trains and Toys
9622 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63123
(314) 638-8250

Embracing a hobby often goes hand-in-hand with old-fashioned charm like the kind you would find at a corner store before there was an internet. This local favorite place to find the best in model trains and 20th-century toys offers a host of items for happy customers. The shop is an Authorized Lionel dealer, and they are here to help you buy, sell, trade or repair. Discover a staff willing to help you find everything you need for your trains and toy hobbies.

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