Model cars, trains lifelong love for hobby store owner

May 28, 2013

in Business

By Kyle Siegel
Staff writer

Sedalia Hobby owner and operator Kevin Geotz has had a passion for models and everything associated with them since childhood, and that carried over through adulthood.

“I’ve had models, slot cars and model trains since I was six. I have slowed down some. I have other responsibilities with my family,” Geotz said of his life-long hobby.

In 2003 Geotz opened Sedalia Hobby at its original location at 417 W. 16th Street before moving to his current location at 505 S. Ohio in historic downtown Sedalia in 2009.

“I’ve been here for four years,” Geotz said.

Geotz was asked when he first got the idea to open Sedalia Hobby.

“I got the idea back in high school. I finally just did it in 2003,” Geotz explained.

Over the years in Sedalia, there used to be a variety of clubs that focused on models, RC cars and planes, and various other hobby focused pastimes.

“There used to be clubs, but they have gone by the wayside. The RC Club is supposed to start back up,” Geotz said.

Geotz was asked if there is any times of the year that is best for business.

“Christmas season and winter are the busiest seasons,” Geotz said.

Geotz spoke of his customer base and if they have remained loyal over the years.

“I’ve met a lot of people. There is a lot of repeat customers and a lot of new business too. I’ve got an ebay store and of course the web store,” Geotz explained.

Sedalia Hobby is located at 505 S. Ohio and their hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

They are also open on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

If anyone would like to visit the online store, or just to see some products Sedalia Hobby carries, they may visit on the web.

People may also call in at (660) 826-4655 to ask all types of question related to the hobby world.

“If I don’t know something, I will try to find out,” Geotz said.

Sedalia Hobby showcases some of the best of the hobby world inside the store.

Items include model trains, slot cars, model cars, model paint, Hot Wheels, model rockets, science kits, RC planes and helicopters, and RC cars and trucks to name just some of the items offered at Sedalia Hobby.

“There are other items that I don’t stock, that I can get,” Geotz said.

Sedalia Hobby also carries everything you need for Pine Car Derby racing as well.

“I would like to thank all of my customers, past and present, for their patronage. I encourage people to feel free to stop by Sedalia Hobby and see all that I have to offer, and maybe get into a life-long hobby,” Geotz said.

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