Dollhouse Merchant Spotlight: D & J Hobby and Crafts, Campbell, CA
Life in a small town is nice, but it sure can be boring. Janet Pozzi grew up in Klickitat, WA, a town of about 400 residents near the Oregon border. She left to go to college, but never forgot the boredom, and sometimes trouble, that growing up in her small town could bring. She wanted to give kids something fun and positive to do. Janet just knew her calling was to help bring families together and give children a healthy outlet for their creativity, so in 1971, she opened the doors to D & J Hobby and Crafts shop in Campbell, CA.
Janet worked in the 1600 sq. ft. store almost completely on her own until 1978, when the business out grew that space. She moved the store to a larger 7500 sq. ft. space and her husband, Darrell, left his job at Lockheed Martin to help run the store. Today, almost 40 years later, D & J Hobby and Crafts has grown to a 20,000 sq. ft. bustling store. With Janet and Darrell all but retired, their son Jason Pozzi, runs the family business. Jason is dedicated to his mother’s original vision.
What makes D & J Hobby and Crafts unique is the diversity of their products. This combination of hobbies and crafts in the same place is hard to find. D & J has three departments. Crafts, which includes dollhouses, R/C, and Hobbies, which includes models, games and trains. The store carries everything from yarn and leather working supplies to board games and puzzles, to radio control cars, trains, planes, and helicopters. Indeed, there is something for everyone at D & J, which is just how Janet likes it.
Not only does D & J sell hobbies and crafts, they enjoy them too! Most employees take their work home with them as their own hobbies and pastimes. Jason, Janet and Darrell are no exception. Jason loves to build and race R/C cars. Janet loves macrame and candle making, and Darrell can’t resist a good puzzle! This kind of expertise helps Jason and his staff choose the best hobbies and crafts to carry in the store. D & J employees love talking to customers about their own experiences with hobbies and crafts. Sometimes customers bring their completed projects back into the store to share. Many of their customers are much more than just customers…they’re a community. D & J Hobby and Crafts has a new classroom and hosts classes on many different subjects. Hosting customers is their greatest joy and it allows hobby and craft enthusiasts of all ages and demographics to share their interests face to face.
Jason is not only continuing his family’s dream, but he is expanding it as well. He has taken the nostalgia of classic hobbies and crafts and given them a cutting edge.You can find D & J in YouTube videos and on Facebook.This presence allows hobbyists from anywhere to participate in online discussions about the latest products. Also, they have a great website to visit at www.djhobby.com. Now D & J Hobby and Crafts is at your fingertips. If you find yourself traveling through the San Francisco/San Jose area of California, a visit to D & J is a must!
Despite all the hustle and bustle of the Silicon Valley, D & J is just your average Mom and Pop store. Just like their slogan says…If it’s fun, we’ve got it!
You can reach them by phone at 408-379-1696.
Store hours are M-W 10-8, Th-Fr 10-9, Sat 10-7, Sun 11-7.