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New business brings radio control fun to County
Juicebox Hobbies, a recently opened business located in Whitley City’s Southfork Center, offers a new venue for fun to both residents of and visitors to McCreary County.
Established by Jeremy and Christine Griffith, who moved to McCreary County from Chicago almost two years ago, the business features hobby grade radio control models, including rally cars, mud bog cars, monster trucks, drag racing cars, and more.
“For those who’ve always wanted a race car but couldn’t afford it, now you can get one without all of the expense,” Jeremy said with a laugh. “Our radio controlled models are hobby grade which means they can be repaired, and we do repairs here in the shop. Radio controlled models from Walmart and places like that are considered toy grade, which means they can’t be repaired.”
Patrons of Juicebox Hobbies can buy model vehicles, drop models off for repairs, or just hang out as they race/operate vehicles on one of several tracks/areas, including a miniature Burnside Speedway track, set up inside the shop. Additional areas are designed for “crawling,” which is model off-roading. During the summer, Griffith plans to have model races in the parking lot.
“People can go crazy with the off-road models,” Jeremy noted. “There are all kinds of parts for those, including off-road tires, shocks, and more.”
Merchandise for sale in the store is priced to fit everyone’s budget, with prices ranging from $17 to $600.
Radio control enthusiasts come in all ages, from youngsters to senior citizens. Griffith is excited to give residents of McCreary County another option for recreation and is excited about the new radio control 4H club coming soon to McCreary County.
“This isn’t a normal hobby shop,” Jeremy said. “It’s a place to come and hang out, meet people, and be part of a community.
Although Juicebox Hobbies, located on Medical Loop (between Crabtree-Wilson Insurance and the Christian Care Center) in Whitley City, has been open for several weeks, the official grand opening is Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. The owners invite everyone to visit during the grand opening and learn what radio control fun is all about!