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Shop Opening in Arcadia, California

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    As some of the local racers know the talks of opening a physical Brick and Mortar shop in Southern California has been circulating amoungst us for awhile now. The shop would be very similar to Dribar and Force Lab in Japan. We'll be specializing in mainly Tamiya Mini4WD.

    We signed a lease on July 21st, 2017 and have been remodeling the space every chance we get. Below are some of the photos as we progressed. Much helped has been supplied by close friends to make this stuff possible.

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    By the end of the night, we already had started removing all the plaster from the original brick.

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    Once the plaster came off the walls, that horrendous drop ceiling had to go as well.

    More carnage.

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    I had purchased this Big Ass Fan almost two months before I even signed my lease with the intention of using it at this location. Finally got it wired up lastnight and the rafters mostly removed.


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    Absolutely stunning man!
     
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    Now, if you could just open another in the UK.....:p
     
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    Thanks guys, it's come a long way. If I can get this to be sustainable in the States maybe a UK version will come in the future =)
     
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    I can't see how you would fail...

    I've known three or four friends / acquaintances that have started hobby shops. It seems they do badly when they try to do too much - you are not doing that. You have a clear focus, are very, very knowledgeable of the products, your clients and your community.

    No worries...
     
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    Thanks for the kind words ! I think you've nailed it on what I'm doing without even knowing me very well. haha.

    As you said, we're specializing in only one thing and I plan to keep it that way and help build Mini 4WD back to it's hayday in the 90s. Can't wait to get this shop opened up and start holding races !
     
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    Im just kidding man. Mini 4WD died years ago in the UK unfortunately. Slot car racing of the Scalectric type beat it down, then tamiya pulled out like 10 year ago stating because the safety standards issues with small parts, which when you think about it, makes absolutely no sense when you consider Scalectric and other RC hobbies.
    The other issue I see is the lack of model shops these days, there used to be about 5 around my area as a kid, now there's just 1 in the next town over that doesn't specialise in anything particularly. The nearest serious hobby shop is about 16 miles away in the nearest city, or the dedicated RC car store 16 miles the other way.
    Also not to mention the cost, not just trying to find somewhere, but the cost of importing that parts and cars.....even the track!
    I doubt you'd be able to make much money back over here if at all, and that's just assuming you might be able to get it to kick off again.

    Ahhh...the UK, where everything fun comes to die.
     
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    IMG_3040.JPG Couple updates, finally finished the floor lastnight. 60/80 grit grind then semi gloss sealer, about 2 coats. Had to brush it in for it to take color.
     

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    Exposed structure is gorgeous, we don't build like that anymore.

    Space looks huge!
     
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    I was thinking the same. It's looking really good, I especially love the roof, really makes the place look big.
    Just a clean, sanding and varnish and those roof supports would look stunning.
     
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    Yup, I found more history on the building while working on it.

    It was built in 1937, a doctor built it. It used to be a standalone building with 2 garage doors in the back, they sealed one off with brick and left the other.

    The tenants from the 1940's were the Arcadia Tribune, a local newspaper to my city. I found a newspaper from 1944 and 1945 in the attic when I was demoing it. The articles in the paper were concerning the lower cost of living from WW2. Super cool finds, I'll probably try to reconstruct the newspaper a little bit and frame them.

    When I first saw the space I knew there was underlying original brick under the plaster and I crawled up in the attic too and noticed the curved rafters and bowed roof. It really is going to be an awesome space for whatever i end up doing with it, my only concerns as far as Mini 4WD are the noise. Might have to build some Acoustic Panels from Roxul insulation and hang them over the track when I open.
     
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    Bow trusses are very, very hard to fabricate, but look amazing and completely define a space.

    Oddly, I kind of like that sound but I'm new to this stuff. Your ideas of panels would also help define spaces and add scale to a larger volume - sure you weren't an architect in a former life?
     
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    I think personally I would look at doing something like this to sound proof.
    I think it should offer enough sound proofing where it's needed while showing of the roofing.
    Just my 2 cents.
     

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    Haha, I've always loved Architecture. Would have loved to pursue a career in it, but ended up with a Geology degree running my family's mining company.

    I haven't been able to setup a track in the space yet and run cars to see how much it echos and whatnot. Going to attempt to setup a basic oval today and see. My plan was to also place rubber mat under the track to help absorb sound.

    I did notice I was shipping your package today to an Architectural firm, if you were only closer I could have you evaluate the space and bounce ideas with me. Haha
     
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    Yea I'm going to have to play with it a lot, but you're on the right track Drew. I plan on leaving the bricks exposed as is though.
     
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    Could always switch out the plasterboard in my idea for reclaimed bricks and make a second inner wall with space between that and the main wall to insulate. It's probably expensive and a lot of work though.
     
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    good luck with the shop. space looks awesome
     

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