Retail Therapy Part I: Third Coast Comics
Location: 6234 N Broadway in Edgewater
Public Transit: Nearest bus is the Broadway #36; Nearest train is the Redline Granville stop.
Tuesday 11:00 - 6:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 7:30
Thursday 11:00 - 7:00
Friday 11:00 - 7:00
Saturday 11:00 - 7:00
Sunday 12:00 - 6:00
Third Coast Comics was a great place to start my comic book store project (more details here). It's a well lit, well stocked store with friendly staff. First off, I did not inform employees of the project until after I'd had a good browse around. Doing this gave me a better impression of how any customer off of the street would be treated as opposed to the girl carrying a massive camera and asking lots of questions (that comes later). I came in on a Thursday, a relatively quiet day, but several customers came and went during my walk through. You won't get a better impression of a store than by seeing how customers are treated and how they interact with the staff. One gentleman came in with his very young child, asked owner Terry to recommend a book, and purchased it without thinking twice. A few more regulars came in looking for their books on hold or special orders. In short, no one walked in without talking to Terry.
|Here is owner Terry along with a few books he currently enjoys. Also shown are the Graphic Novel Reader MVP cards. It's similar to the frequent buyer cards at Dairy Queen, only you get a free graphic novel instead of a delicious Blizzard.|
|The store is colorfully decorated with a lot of personal touches without feeling cluttered. Click on any images in this post to view a larger version|
|Jeffrey Brown x-mas cards? Yes please|
|A few examples of the store's unique signage.|
|Limited space does mean limited back issues|