Best Hobby/Craft Shop 

Treasure Chest

Readers' Pick

Here’s an idea for an art project if you have a fireplace: Clear out all the residue, go down to the Treasure Chest, find a collection of resin action figures you can paint and then set them up inside like a diorama. The Treasure Chest is the kind of place you can find quirky art ideas, plus the usual cool model-plane kits. The store has a great selection of model trains and “Star Trek” and Star Wars models. The local store is staffed by friendly, helpful people who, like your eccentric Uncle Lenny, will help you sift through what feels like an attic full of delightful, endless treasure. Treasure Chest: 1612 Benton Ave., 549-7992.

Finalists, Best Hobby/Craft Shop

2. Michael’s: 2850 N. Reserve, 542-0128, michaels.com

3. Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft: 1900 Brooks St., 543-5244, joann.com

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