For over 70 years, Willis Hobbies has been one of the most revered and popular hobby shops on Long Island. While the shop has moved to 5 different locations over its storied history, it never lost its appeal and the devotion of hobbyists around the world.
Willis Hobbies was first established in 1949 by German machinist, Karl Boehringer. Its first 700sqft store was located at 307 Willis Avenue and specialized in remote control trains. As Willis Hobbies gained in popularity, Karl expanded the store and introduced model airplanes, slot kits, and model kits.