Save Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade!

Cold winter and slow foot traffic has been hurting our business. Unfortunately for us to stay open, we need to call on our neighbors for help.
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Sage Spirtos
Small Business
Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
2 Team Members

Dear Friends,
Everyday is a fun day for us. We always get to see new faces walk through our doors, excited to see the glowing screens and hear the pew-pew noises from each arcade and pinball machine. It’s fun to make new friends that remember playing these arcade games when they were a kid or watching parents with their little ones, huddled over a game and cheering with their son or daughter as they jump that barrel, stomp on the turtle, or shoot that last spaceship.

We always hear you guys and gals cheer, “Thank you for doing this, for opening up in my neighborhood.”… And we always respond with, “Hey if it wasn’t for you guys showing up, we wouldn’t have a fun place for you guys to hang out”.


But the way things are going, Rusty Quarters might have shut our doors forever.


Recently we’ve seen a drastic decline in attendance. Drastic enough that it is affecting our day-to-day business. Some of this is due to the recent moody weather (warm/cold/warm/snow/cold). Some is due to a newer and more fancy arcade that recently opened up in the MPLS area. And some may be just for the fact that the novelty of bringing a retro video arcade back to life has just faded by way of the dinosaur…

We are currently in a high rent lease, locked in for almost 2 more years (lease is up in 11/2014). We started this labor of love with a very small shoestring budget. We have spent every penny to keep us open. We've sold cars, tiki mugs, shirts, and every other personal bauble to keep this place going. We've looked into second jobs to make ends meet but are shut down with words like, "You're overqualified" or "I can't hire someone that's just going to quit right after their business picks up". We have exhausted all of our savings and because of slow attendance we've been a bit shy of the rent for a few months, leaving us in the red with our landlords for $8,000 in compiled back rent...

The fact is that THE RENT IS JUST TOO DAMN HIGH! We’ve tried our best get a Small Business loan but have been denied at every turn. (Turns out, you have to have money to borrow money) And it turns out that we are too small of retail space for a food/alcohol license. All we can do is try our best to get better attendance and keep Rusty Quarters open for 2 more years until we can find a larger place with cheaper rent, a proper HVAC system, running water and a grill.

Bottom Line, if business doesn’t pick up soon for Rusty Quarters, we will have to close our doors June 1st.

In conjunction with asking for donations, we just hope that if you get bored around the house, had a hard day at work, need to do something fun with the kids, or just need a cheap date night, you’ll decide to stop by your neighborhood arcade and spend a couple of quarters. Relax with fan favorites such as Donkey Kong, Galaga, Rampage, Ms. Pac-Man, Tekken, etc. Also, keep us in mind for your next birthday party or event. Revenue from those activities make up for those slow days...

But if you really want to help us out, we're willing to make it worth your while with a list of Donation Perks which may be found on the right of the screen. Even though we've set our perks to $5 Donations, you are welcome to donate as much as you want.

Also, please join our Facebook page and spread the word to your friends and family that there is a fun place in town to spend your afternoon/evening.

We do understand that this is our second donation drive (we needed your help back in 04/12) and would like to thank everyone in the past that has help to keep us open through these hard economic times. Once again time are tough for us at Rusty Quarters and hope with your continue support of our business, we'll be here for your retro video game needs for years to come.

We’re not asking for all of your hard earned money. All we’re asking for are your spare quarters, which believe it or not truly add up. With your continued support of this neighborhood small business, we’ll keep you guys playing with new games in a kid safe and clean environment... And with a little luck, we'll be able to clear up present issues with our landlord.

Thanks for reading, and we hope to see you soon!

Annie (Boss Lady) & Sage (The Rube) Spirtos
Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum
818 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
www.RQARCADE.com

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  • $5USD
    Here's my milk money!

    $5 is help us reach our goal. Thanks for supporting small business. You are awesome!

    11 claimed
  • $10USD
    Hey, I found $10 in my jacket

    Thanks for donation and believing in your friendly neighborhood arcade!

    7 claimed
  • $20USD
    ... and thats all I got!

    Thanks for donation and believing in your friendly neighborhood arcade!

    19 claimed
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    $40USD
    The Shirt that time forgot.MED

    WIth a donation of $40 you can own a part of History. Before Rusty Quarters, we were a comic book shop named Double Danger Comics & Collectibles. Sadly the comic book shop didn't stand the test of time but our employee bowling shirts did! (Please check out our photos). Made by the fine people at Bowlingshirt USA (.com), these shirts will spruce up your current casual wardrobe in no time! NOTE: THIS DONATION PERK IS FOR MED SIZES ONLY!

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    $40USD
    The Shirt that time forgot.LG

    WIth a donation of $40 you can own a part of History. Before Rusty Quarters, we were a comic book shop named Double Danger Comics & Collectibles. Sadly the comic book shop didn't stand the test of time but our employee bowling shirts did! (Please check out our photos). Made by the fine people at Bowlingshirt USA (.com), these shirts will spruce up your current casual wardrobe in no time! NOTE: THIS DONATION PERK IS FOR LG SIZES ONLY!

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $50USD
    GET YOUR FREE T-SHIRT!

    For a Donation of $50, you will receive a Black Shirt with our new Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade Logo

    57 claimed
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  • $100USD
    Hey, a Shirt and a Hat!

    For a Donation of $100, you will receive a Black Shirt and a baseball cap with our new Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade Logo.

    11 claimed
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    $100USD
    I LOVE YOU DIG-DUG!

    For a $100 Donation, you can own a part of arcade history! We have 2 Original Dig Dug Marquees up for donation... Yes, these are 1982 glass originals (none of that reproduction plexi-glass crap!). These Glass Marquees would look great in any home bar or arcade room. Thanks goes to John Ross (at www.pinballplus.com) for the donation of these lovely marquees. PLEASE NOTE: 1 marquee per $100 Donation. Please check out our photo page for more info.

    2 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $200USD
    All Dressed up and Free Games

    For a Donation of $200, you will receive a Black Shirt and a baseball cap with our new Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade Logo plus 20 FREE GAMES!!!!!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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    $200USD
    A NEW BIKE !... well sorta

    For a $200 Donation, you can continue your paper route in style! Donated by local Jesse Paulsen, this 1978 Huffy Space Invaders kids bike is in great condition and will definitely turn some heads while you jump street curbs or look great in your home arcade. Please check out our photo page for more info.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $700USD
    NERD PROM 2013!

    For your KICK ASS DONATION You'll receive a 2 Hour Party for you and 20 friends. Dance the night away as DJ RyLo plays your favorite hits from the 80's, 90's, and beyond! What better way to celebrate a Birthday, Surprise Party, Sweet 16 or a chance to go to the Prom of your dreams... 80's STYLE! 2 Hour Rental includes FREE PLAY on all of our Arcade Machines (Excluding Pinball), DJ rental (will play music of your choice), one shirt/hat combo and mood lighting for your special night!

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
  • $1,000USD
    ... Like you own the place!

    You get the Hat, the Shirt, and 2 YEARS OF FREE GAMES !!!!!!! (excluding pinball)

    1 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2013
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