Business & economy

New owner adding to eclectic mix at Ontario hobby store

Christine Hood is making plans to add to the stock at Oregon Trail Hobbies and Gifts in Ontario. (The Enterprise/LES ZAITZ)

ONTARIO – The store is packed front to back with such a mix of items that no one would seem likely to leave empty-handed.

From dollhouses to birdhouses, from artists’ paint brushes to home decorator flourishes, Oregon Trail Hobbies and Gifts has been a shopper’s adventure.

Now, the Ontario business is under new ownership and the mix is going to get even more interesting.

Christine Hood, who worked on occasion in the store to help out in recent months, took over as owner on Nov. 1.

The business, founded in 1984 as Hobbie Horizons, was started by Dale and Cheryl Cruson to supply local fans of radio-controlled cars, planes . . .