Tiny Tim Hobby Center - Royal Oak MI

Address: 32820 Woodward Ave
City: Royal Oak
State: MI
Zip: 48073
County: Oakland
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Thanks to Dave Dobner for some vintage info on this.

Tiny Tim's was a hobby center that featured slot car racing also. I was there many times as kid and it was a blast. They also were an Estes Rocket Dealer which my friends and I really got into for a while. I can't count how many rockets I destroyed or lost but it was fun. The original address of this place was 1400 N Woodward but that entire stretch has been renumbered since. I have used the address of the newer building that sits on what I believe is the former site.

The business was operated by the Laverdiere family for many years as the death notice below explains. There were 2 names registered to the site, Northwood Raceways (1965) and Tiny Tim Hobby Center (1975). The business operated until the early 1980's and had added video games by then, which were getting huge at that time. The ads in the paper end around 1983. There was also a Tiny Tim Hobby Center at 14922 Kercheval operated by Frank Gizzi. I am not sure if the 2 outlets were related but they were using the same name.

The building was originally Maskill Hardware. Sometime in the early 1960's, the hobby center opened up and ads began appearing in the Detroit papers. I don't recall if they operated in tandem or not. As for the exact location, the description is given as 2 blocks south of 14 mile on Woodward. There was a building demolished at that site in the early 2000's that I am assuming was the old building. I could be wrong on that however. As of now, I don't have a photo of the building or the hobby center but I will keep looking.

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Tiny Tim Hobby Center - Tiny Tim Royal Oak Sign From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Royal Oak Sign From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1965 Tiny Tim Article From Dave Dobner
1965 Tiny Tim Article From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1966 Tiny Tim Article From Dave Dobner
1966 Tiny Tim Article From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - Possible Lot 2007
Possible Lot 2007
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - Tiny Tim Log Book From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Log Book From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1977-1982 Tiny Tim Receipts From Dave Dobner
1977-1982 Tiny Tim Receipts From Dave Dobner
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1953 - Originally A Hardware Store
1953 - Originally A Hardware Store
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1966 Article On Pool Tables For Kercheval Location
1966 Article On Pool Tables For Kercheval Location
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1969 Ad 2
1969 Ad 2
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1969 Ad 3
1969 Ad 3
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1969 Ad
1969 Ad
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1978 Help Wanted Ad
1978 Help Wanted Ad
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 1983 Ad - Video Games
1983 Ad - Video Games
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - 2006 December 11 - Former Owner Passes Away
2006 December 11 - Former Owner Passes Away
Tiny Tim Hobby Center - Name Registration For Woodward Location
Name Registration For Woodward Location
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