Architect builds a track record with new store on Woodward

An architect fulfills passion and hobby in new store on Woodward in Ferndale.

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Someday, Rainy Hamilton, Jr. hopes to look out his storefront on the west side of Woodward Avenue and see a futuristic light rail line.

Inside his business, Rainy Day Hobbies, is an imitation of rail travel that goes back decades.
Hamilton, a Detroit-based architect, has had a love for model trains since his father, Rainy, Sr., bought him his first set of tracks in his basement some 50 years ago.

Opening a 2,000 square foot building last month at 22961 Woodward Avenue, just north of Nine Mile, fulfills a dream, he said.

“I’m glad my parents exposed me to many creative activities like model building,” he said in an e-mail while on a business trip last week. “Having a business that revolves around a passion or hobby makes it easy to put in the necessary time to start such a venture, especially in this economy. It’s a joy to ‘work’ around so many model trains and to assist others in their creative endeavors.”

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