Brian and Val Sheffield are the owners of the recently opened Legacy Station in the Beaver Ruin Village shopping center along Lawrenceville Highway.
The hobby shop (including its online store) features mostly things for the train enthusiast, but there are items for those with classic toy interests. There's also an area called "Department 56," which has Christmas, Disney, and other toy sets or buildings.
We stopped in to talk to the couple recently to see how business was going.
Patch: When did you officially open in Lilburn, and what made you move to the area?
Brian Sheffield: "We opened on Sept 3 2012. We liked the location and the management of the Beaver Ruin Village and they had a much larger space for us. We also really liked the people we met that represented the city of Lilburn. They all seemed to be eager to help and very pleasant to deal with."
Patch: What can customers expect when they visit your business?
Sheffield: "We are a very unusual store. We are the largest Lionel train dealer in the South and we carry a huge inventory of trains. We pride ourselves on providing old-fashioned customer service. We have operating layouts that the kids can start by hitting a large red button. We also have a large selection of other gift items like Department 56 and Breyer horses."
Patch: How long have you all had the business, and been interested in the hobby train arena? (I know you were previously in Lawrenceville.)
Sheffield: "Fifteen years in Lawrenceville."
Patch: What do you think makes trains a continued interest over generations, and people of all ages, despite changes in the train business?
Sheffield: "Grandparents like to pass traditions down to their grandchildren and this is one of those that they remember very fondly. Holidays are a time for families to spend time together and this gives them something to do besides watch football.
"The incredible digital technology brings many into the hobby because the trains have the actual recording of the steam locomotives and they have actual smoke, bells and whistles and other features that were never available in the past. They have never been more realistic as they are today.
"Everyone like to blow the whistle!"
Want to connect with store owners?
- Click here to check out Legacy Station's website.
- Click here to check out Legancy Station's Facebook page.
Legacy Station is located at 4153 Lawrenceville Highway, Suite 12, Lilburn. Hours are: Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Call 770-339-7780 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.