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August 2016

The ties that bind
Educate your local pols on small-business issues as they help you maneuver city hall
What's new at NRHSA
Almost every booth had new merchandise on display; here are 8 eye-catching products
Engage with Twitter
The fast-paced world of tweets, retweets and hashtags is there to help you start conversations with potential customers
Keep 'em loyal
When managed correctly, store loyalty programs keep customers coming back; here are 5 mistakes retailers often make—and ways to get back on track
Comic and graphic novel sales reach $1 billion in 2015
According to a new estimate from ICv2 and Comichron, comic and graphic novel sales reached the $1 billion mark in 2015. ICv2’s Milton Griepp and Comichron’s John Jackson Miller estimate th...
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Store celebrates 35th anniversary
Scott’s Toys and Hobbies in Duncan, B.C., is celebrating 35 years in business. The store, located on scenic Vancouver Island, proudly boasts of being “Your one-stop-shop for all your trai...
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Kalmbach publishes adult activity books
Kalmbach Publishing Co. is jumping into the adult activity book business this fall with four releases—three coloring books and one dot-to-dot book. More are planned for the coming year. “...
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HMA’s MRID Council honors awards recipients
The 2016 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Bobbye Hall Awards received their recognition plaques from the HMA’s Model Railroad Industry Division (MRID) Council on July 10. The ceremony was held...
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R/C drifting club for youth
Twenty-three-year-old Hayden Gager has set up a remote-control car-drifting club in Coventry, England, to help youth socialize and learn more about the hobby in a safe environment. The Drifters RC Cl...
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R/C club revives Camel Trophy Expedition
The Hong Kong RC Defender Club is bringing back a scaled version of the Camel Trophy, a 4x4 vehicle race held from 1980 to 2000. Gary Yuen Siu-cheung started the club in 2015 and has already held five...
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Retailers crowd ‘quality’ Games Day
ACD Distribution held its annual Games Day trade show in Madison, Wis., on May 25-27. The show gave nearly 400 attendees from 200 stores a chance to talk directly to game publishers, see new games and...
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Monroe Models purchases AIM
Monroe Models has purchased AIM Products, taking over operations on June 1. AIM produced model railroad tunnels portals, retaining walls and bridge abutments. Its line also included weathering powde...
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Albuquerque park no-fly zone lifted
Model and R/C airplanes can once again take to the skies over Arroyo del Oso Park in Albuquerque, N.M., with the lifting of a no-fly zone that was put into place in January. Although R/C aircraft had...
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Novak closes operations
Novak Electronics of Lake Forest, Calif. announced June 13 it was shutting down operations, effective immediately. Novak has been in business since 1978 and is known primarily for making brushless mot...
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