The Spare Time shop was a tough drive for me coming from the North Shore but, I did manage to get out there a handful of times. The people I dealt with were very friendly. It was fun to buy a few engines, kits and parts. Unfortunately, the hobby shop is a relic of a bygone era. I remember going to a hobby shop in either Medford or Melrose that had an HO race track setup. There was another hobby shop I used to go to where I bought stuff for my chemistry set.
The Hobby Bunker moved from Malden to Wakefield. From looking at their website, it appears that they no longer carry rocket kits or engines. They do have CA and epoxy.
The Hobby Lobby has a decent selection of kits, engines and supplies so I guess there is still hope out there. But you cannot beat the ambiance of the local hobby shop.
I swing by today. In terms of model rocketry stuff, a couple down estes kits left, some BP motors, mostly micromax and a few areotech composite motors (on the smaller side). They did have an estes saturn 5 kit.
The last rocket I bought from them.was my Custom Rockets Liberty. That was just before Labor Day weekend.
The stock was pretty depleted then.
Sad to see the shop closing. I prefer shopping "live" to online because you can look over hundreds of products in far less time than it takes for web pages to load. That and being able to talk to human beings instead of swearing at a computer makes it more fun. And with shops so few and far between these days, you get to go out for a ride.