Hobby shops / train shops in Akron OH area

I may have asked this once before, but I don't remember getting an answer.
Where are the good train shops in the Akron, OH, area? I'm interested in
HO scale. My daughter is a sophomore at Kent State and it would be nice to visit a train shop when we are visiting with her. I went to one that was right on the river; it was a nice sized shop, but the owner said he was getting ready to sell it. He appeared to be near retirement age; perhaps that's why the stock was low.
I suppose that there are some in the Cleveland area as well, but that might be a bit too far away, especially if they are on the west side.
For what it's worth... the only trains-only shop that I'm aware of in the Columbus area is The Train Station on Indianola. I was there earlier this summer and it was a really enjoyable visit. They have a pretty large selection of merchandise, a nice sized shop and the staff was friendly & knowledgeable.
So... what do you know about train shops in the Akron area?
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Dan Merkel wrote:

Try playing around with this search:
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Rob
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I'm looking for someone who has "been there." I learned a long time ago that ads in the Yellow Pages or even in MR don't mean that there is a good train shop on the other end of the trip.
So, let me reword my request... from personal experience, where are the good train shops in the Akron area?
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I've stopped a couple times at "Nick's Sales and Service" in North Canton, Ohio. It's a lawn mower / small engine business with a fair selection of HO and some N. I was last there four or five years ago, so I can't say what it is like now, but then I'd judge its stock at maybe a third of the Train Station in Columbus (which I was by recently and also enjoyed), but Nick's had a lot of interesting and hard to find parts, and seemed to do a fair business in quality, older used equipment (e.g. Hobbytown of Boston one time I was there and not just blue box Athearn). Nick's was a little hard to find - it's out in the country on a 2-lane road; my recollection is that it was perhaps 8 miles NNE of Canton and about 3 circuitous miles E of the interstate.
I was in Alliance on business maybe 8 years ago, and there as an interesting small shop in an older downtown storefront. I don't recall the name and don't know if it's still there, but if I remember correctly, it had a rather large layout under construction. I seem to recall it was less than a mile W of the Alliance Amtrak station, which was then a fairly busy train watching location. Geezer
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