50-year-old Jackson business may be closing — and I’m bummed
I remember September 12, 2015 very well.
It was The Insane Inflatable 5K at Six Flags Great Adventure. I had Skycam 927, the WOBM drone high above the bouncing masses shooting video. I hadn't had the drone, a DJI Phantom 2, for very long and I had yet to add an all-important video screen to include not only images, but also aircraft status.
It all came together in a perfect storm of beginner's mistakes as the battery drained, the aircraft entered "return home" mode, and ended up in a tree:
When the 'copter finally came down from a couple hundred feet up at a plastic crushing rate, I knew that it wouldn't be an easy (or cheap) fix.
Right then and there, I called the Jackson Hobby Shop.
I actually ended up going to a different hobby shop. Not because of anything negative, but because the person who I spoke to at the Jackson Hobby Shop recommended a different hobby shop (and of course a competitor) for my particular issue.
To me, that's a true sign of people who care about their customers and their reputation and aren't just in the business to burn through people and make money. I was really impressed.
Sadly though, by the end of March, the nearly-50-year-old Jackson mainstay may shutter for good.
According to the pair of news outlets, he's hoping to find a buyer who will keep the shop open, even offering to stick around the Bennetts Mills Plaza store as an employee, telling News 12, "I can help them out with it… I love to do repairs.”
— The above post is from Justin Louis, from New Jersey 101.5 sister station 92.7 WOBM.
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