How do you unwind – beer in hand, on the couch, watching the tube? While that may describe the ideal way to relax for many people, for others they’ve got to have that special project, toy or game they’re working on to pour their extra time and energy in. A good hobby can be beneficial for your mind, body and spirit. Fortunately, there is a good variety of hobby shops in Dallas that’ll help you unwind the way you like. Here are some favorites among North Texans.

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Make Shop & Studio

313 N. Bishop Ave.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 256-3061

Like to sew? Make focuses on helping you learn to, well, make handcrafted items. Opened in 2005, the shop offers classes with a strong emphasis on working with fabrics. From sewing to embroidery and pattern-making, if it involves working with a needle and thread, chances are Make has you covered. That’s not all that’s offered, though: how about learning how to etch your own patterns onto glass? Or learn to turn an orphaned sock or glove into a handsewn creature. Make is a great space to unleash your inner designer.

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The Game Chest

2137 Valley View Mall
Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 490-7814

For collectible card games, board games, role playing games, games with miniatures, the Game Chest has the best selection around. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful, and chances are excellent they’ve played one of the games you’re looking to buy. Some complain the merch can be a bit pricey, especially when compared to picking them up online, but if you’ve been bitten by the game bug and are looking for something new, this is your spot.

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Mike’s Hobby Shop Superstore & Raceway

1201 N. IH-35 E.
Carrolton, TX 75006
(972) 242-4930

Attention race fans! If you’ve ever wanted to get into radio control anything, check this place out. They have an extensive collection of R/C plane and cars. The number of parts, accessories and stickers available for you to customize your ride plane or car is truly vast. We could discuss all the shopping you could do, but the real star of the show are the racetracks. They have indoor carpet and dirt tracks, an outdoor track for 1/8 scale racers, as well as an indoor helicopter flying area. If you’re ready to take your R/C passion to the next level, check out Mike’s.


HobbyTown USA

8041 Walnut Hill Ln Ste 870
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 987-4744

HobbyTown USA started in 1980 in Nebraska and has since grown into a national franchise, with more than 170 stores in 43 states. If you like remote control planes, helicopters and cars, or model railroads, rockets, science kits and more, HobbyTown has you covered. Like Pinewood Derby cars? Trick them out with the extensive collection of mods available here. They also have a wide selection of models (snap or glue) for you to choose from.

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