In our ‘Small Business Spotlight’ section, we like to shine our light on local businesses that serve our community.
This month we are proud to introduce The Comic Shop, which is located on the High Street, Crawley (next door to us in fact!).
The Comic Shop provides a fantastic meeting place for fellow geeks to play games, discuss comics and treat themselves to a hot beverage or two – there’s also a selection of food on offer!
The first three years have been difficult for the business due to Covid related restrictions, but The Comic Shop has weathered the storm and is excited for what the future holds for them. We believe that is all down to the passion of owner, Chris Mills, who has a fantastic understanding of what his customers want from the venue.
Mr Mills said:
“We started off as a small comic shop, with bits and pieces on the shelves but now we’re a bit different from that. Our team has transformed the space into a gaming hub with a nice community feel.
“We’ve expanded in the past couple of years, from trading cards to board games. It’s been a nice mix-up to have people come in and play games.
“I like to think the shop is a nice, safe place for people to come. Especially if people feel like they don’t fit in. They can come and be included in our community.
“We work with charities like Autism All Stars. We have events with cosplayers and make a big day out of it. Have some fun with it and raise money at the same time.
“What’s nice is people come here, play games and end up meeting new people. We offer an alternative to the pub.
“We are looking to branch out to selling alcohol in the near future and will offer a different drinking venue to your traditional bar or pub. We won’t be selling alcohol all day, only on certain nights. You can have fun playing games drunk!
“In the future, we would like to branch out on the food aspect, more of a board game cafe.
“There is a real need and want for people to meet up with friends, especially as we’ve all been locked up at home for so long.”
Our two tips for a successful visit to the venue are:
- Board Game Wednesdays – £3 per person – Attendees get access to several games in their new board game library.
- Coffee Mornings – The Comic Shop have just started running Coffee Mornings on the last Monday of each month 10am – 12noon. In The Know Tip: If you show the event page (via their website) on your phone, you will get any Coffee in-store for £1!!
We would welcome you to support our local businesses as we believe Crawley is a better place for having The Comic Shop!
Visit their website: https://www.thecomicshop.co.uk/