The Comic Shop That Love Built
We’ve been part of the comics and gaming culture for over 20 years between us (and probably beyond that- likely a lifetime- Steve started playing D&D when he was 7), with two of us having worked at a local spot for over 16 years. Finally, after a number of people telling us if they ever came into some money they would open their own store and have the boys run it, we thought- Hey, we could do this! We WANT to do this!
So, that’s what we’re about. We want to open our own comics and gaming store in Uptown Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, where we can provide you with the latest trends and stories that the industry has to offer in a space that welcomes everyone to participate in whatever form of geekery they find interesting.
Why we need your help
We’ve come to find that Geek is hard to sell to investors and banks. We know that the culture is alive and thriving and know without a doubt that this will work and we’ll be so busy we won’t know what to do with ourselves! That’s where you come in. We feel this project is as much about opening a store as it is about a community. So, we’re asking you to invest in this community.
Who the heck are we and why are we worthy of your support?
The shop will be set up and managed by Steve Henderson and Chris Duffield. The boys have been running a local spot for over 20 years between them. They play well together and work well together. Dream team, right? Maybe it’s destiny that these two came together! They have a heart for all forms of geekery and a mind for the business. They provide awesome service and knowledge in the industry and can guide you to new hobbies and interests, if you’re willing to take that journey.
Steve’s other half, Tara Henderson, is also involved, but more in a cheerleader type-fashion for the moment. Her job is to help keep the boys on track and help tidy the store while she brushes up on what’s happening in the world of comics and games. Cheesy, right? But, it’s true.
Slat Wall, Counter Tops and Display Cases... Oh My!
It's not glamorous stuff, but money raised through this campaign will be used for:
Display cases, slat wall, counter tops, hooks
Point of Sale system- which will track our inventory and help us manage your comic accounts so we can put your comics aside for you!
Renovations! That means flooring, painting, light and a pretty new customer washroom
Chairs- Every gamer knows how important a good chair is for extended gaming time
Tables- Hey, we need a place to game on right?
We love you. We really love you. And, we want to thank you! In addition to oodles of heartfelt appreciation and the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a dream possible (really!), you'll also get perks for your contribution. Check them out and be prepared to be delighted.
Other Ways You Can Help
We're beyond appreciative for any help we can get in turning this dream into a reality. A few other ways you can be a part of this adventure:
Spread the word through your social networks. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email... You can rest assured we'll take good care of any folks you send our way.
Cheer us on! Leave us a comment here and let us know you came by for a visit.
Volunteer your time or talents. As the project progresses we'll need help with stuff like painting, lifting, and the list goes on…
We sure hope you can feel the abundance of love and appreciation we're sending your way!
Some Perks have been UPGRADED!
To encourage people to get involved early we have upgraded some perks and added a couple of new ones. Please note the following free additions!
The Paragon level perk will now include a life time subscription to one comic (based on a 12 month subscription).
What is in a Premium Membership?
Memberships are good for one year from date of issue and the cost is non-refundable and limited to the owner of the membership and their spouse (and dependants).
Membership Coupons- The customer receives 20% off one regular priced item (including tournament fees) four times a year (Jan, Apr, July, Sept). (Coupons cannot be combined with Hero Point sales.)
Comic Reserve perks – all comics from the customer’s pull list are bagged and boarded for them. In addition all new comics are 10% off.
Hero Points – Members build up points as they spend money. The more you spend the more you save down the road.
1 point per dollar spent.
200 pts = $10 discount
400 pts = $25 discount
700 pts = $50 discount
1000 pts = $100 discount
T-Shirts and Tote Bags:
Here is what the T-shirts and Tote bags will look like. Check out the Gallary for larger versions.
Extra T-shirt or Tote Bag:
If you would like an additonal T-shirt or Tote bag simply donate an additional $25 to any perk at the Hero level or higher for each extra T-shirt or Bag you want. Please message us to tell if you want the T-Shirt or Tote bag.
For all perks that will require shipping outside of Saint John, NB please add $10.