by Norene Bassin
10 Niche Hobby Shops In Michigan
Want to learn about some unique hobby shops in Michigan?
There are millions of hobbies for millions of kinds of people, from model trains, RC cars, slot cars and beyond. Michigan is a treasure trove of niche hobby stores to help you discover something new.
From model cars to tarot cards, know that there’s something new out there for you to try.
Read on to discover some new hobbies through 10 of Michigan’s most exciting hobby stores.
Whistle Stop Hobby and Toy Shop — 21714 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
Whistle Stop Hobby and Toy Shop is the place to be for Michigan’s model train enthusiasts. Model railroading goes back to the 19th century. What first started as a toy for the wealthy became a hobby for all to appreciate.
Their massive collection of locomotives, tracks and accessories caters to beginners and seasoned hobbyists alike. For a step into the world of steam engines and the open railroad, check out Whistle Stop.
Hihi — 228 W. 4th St, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Hihi is my personal favorite shop on this list. As a lover of Sanrio, Pokemon, action anime and all things kawaii, Hihi in Royal Oak is the place to be.
For those who find themselves drawn towards these delightful Japanese franchises, this downtown shop is a wonderland. With products imported from Japan, shoppers can always be sure they’re getting authentic merchandise. From Hello Kitty plushies to international food like ramune soda, it’ll be hard to leave empty handed. Check out Hihi to experience cuteness overload.
Hobby Shop in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Paint Pony Studios — 500 N. Third Street, Marquette, MI 49855 (located inside Schwalbach Kitchens)
For those who love Breyer model horses, Paint Pony Studios in Marquette offers a unique array of supplies. Breyer horses were first created in 1950 and quickly gained popularity upon release. Today, collecting these model horses remains a niche but popular hobby across the country.
Whether you’re looking to collect the newest Breyer horse, plush toys, artwork or crafting kits and supplies, Paint Pony Studios has what you need. Their website even mentions events hosted in-store, as well as events where you can find the shop set up!
G.O.B. Retail — 775 E. 14 Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
While being a “nerd” has recently become socially acceptable, that doesn’t mean everyone gets it.
The folks at G.O.B. Retail get it, though.
Whether you collect trading cards, comic books, board games or figurines, you know just how special each piece in your collection is. Boasting an impressive floorspace of 7,900 square feet, they’re Michigan’s largest comic store!
Not only can you shop here, but they host tabletop game tournaments, too.
J-Bar Hobbies — 117 E. Chicago Blvd, Tecumseh, MI 49286
RC car fanatics rejoice! J-Bar Hobbies is a paradise for radio-controlled vehicle hobbyists. Be them trucks, boats or planes, this Tecumseh shop has everything you could need.
They have parts and tools to keep your RC vehicles running smoothly, and they have a knowledgeable staff ready to help you find whatever you need. Get ready to race to your heart’s content with the help of J-Bar Hobbies!
Stony Creek Bead — 2076 Whittaker Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Looking to get into beading or jewelry making? Then Stony Creek Bead and Gallery is where you can start! This charming store offers an amazing selection of beads, gemstones and findings to spark inspiration for your next project.
From making friendship bracelets to acquiring Swarovski crystals, Stony Creek Bead is here to help kickstart your “beading addiction.” The store also offers classes to help you learn how to bead, so there’s no excuse to not try it out.
Great Lakes Hobby & Toy — 43055 Van Dyke Ave, Sterling Heights, MI 48314
This metro Detroit store is one of the largest hobby shops in the Midwest with a store area larger than 10,000 square feet. They sell loads of model kits catering to a multitude of hobbies. Aside from models, they sell Breyer horses, rockets, slot cars and dollhouses.
For the brainiacs, be sure to look for their science kits and microscopes! While this list is for the niche hobbies out there, there truly is a hobby for everyone to discover in Great Lakes Hobby & Toy.
More Hobby Shops in Michigan
Boston Tea Room — 1220 Woodward Hts, Ferndale, MI 48220
This store is for those seeking an understanding of the mystifying ways of the spiritual world. The Boston Tea Room claims to be Michigan’s oldest and most well-respected psychic venue. This metaphysical shop hopes to connect you to the energy around you.
Their services include psychic readings, workshops like Introduction to Mediumship, and events like Yoga On the Lawn. They offer a beautiful selection of crystals, tarot cards, candles, incense, educational books, divination tools and a ton of products made in-house. To open your third eye, explore the Boston Tea Room in Ferndale.
Spun — 410 N. 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104
Now I know knitting and crocheting isn’t that niche, but it takes a certain kind of person to do it. Patience, an eye for detail and a love of the craft make a true fiber artist. Spun, nestled in the heart of Ann Arbor, is a haven for those true fiber artists.
Step inside this cozy yarn shop and be greeted by an awe-inspiring collection of colorful skeins and high-quality fibers. From soft merino wool to colorful hand-dyed yarns, Spun offers a wide range of options to fuel your next project. The family-owned shop’s staff is always ready to provide guidance and inspiration, making every visit to Spun a treat.
Wunderground Magic Shop — 16 S. Main St, Clawson, MI 48017
Prepare to be amazed! Wunderground Magic Shop is the one-stop shop for magicians across Michigan. Whether you’re just learning to say “Is this your card?” or easily pulling rabbits out of hats, Wunderground would love to help you channel your inner Houdini.
The man-sized white bunny in the window always catches my eye, so I’d say it’s pretty hard to miss when you’re driving down Main Street. From rare magic books to modern tricks, explore Wunderground’s eclectic mix of magical tools.
More Hobby Shops in Michigan Worth Checking Out
- Riders Hobby Shops
2055 28th Street SE Ste 12, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
2061 S Linden Rd, Flint Michigan 48532
- JT Hobby
1534 E Columbia Ave, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014
- Robbys Hobbies – Permanently Closed
1106 Columbus Ave, Bay City, Michigan 48708
- House of Hobbies – Muskegon
962 W Broadway Ave, Muskegon, MI 49441
- RC Beyond
15400 Grand River Ave Suite 306, Detroit, MI 48227
- The Prop Shop Vintage Toys and More
3735 Lapeer Rd a, Port Huron, MI 48060
- Trains and Things Hobbie’s
210 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684
9782 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
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About the Author-
Norene Bassin is a content writer from Royal Oak, MI. This past spring, they graduated from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. They’ve previously written for Impact 89FM with a focus on alternative and indie music. When not writing about travel destinations across the state, Norene can be found listening to punk rock, building decorative Lego sets, or playing with their pet hamster Milton.