Over the years, CHS readers pleaded for an ice cream shop on Capitol Hill. There are now — again — ice cream shops on Capitol Hill. They asked for bakeries. They got more bakeries. And CHS readers — and others around Capitol Hill — have asked and asked and asked for a comic book shop.
On May 4th — Free Comic Book Day, 2013 — you’ll get your wish.
Phoenix Comics & Games is set to open Saturday on Broadway just south of Dick’s. Affordable burgers and comics in a single block? It’s a fan boy or girl’s dream. It was also the dream of first time business owner Nick Nazar.
[mappress mapid=”57″]”This is the reason I moved to Seattle in the first place,” Nazar said of the new shop he’ll debut Saturday. Phoenix will stock comics, of course, but also board and card games. Nazar had worked at comic book stores in the past before a stint with FedEx and is now ready to run the business the way he would like to be treated when enjoying his passion.
“It’s about being really present and offering superior customer service,” Nazar said.
Nazar said it’s a golden age for comic books with the industry’s players large and small producing great stories.
“There are a ton of independent books out now going really well,” he said. Staying ahead of the indie curve and stocking the most innovative titles will be Phoenix’s ongoing challenge.
For those of you thinking you better get a job at Phoenix to support your habit, you may have to wait. For now, Nazar says, he’s staffed and ready to serve.
Starting with Saturday’s opening, hours will be 10a-9p on Saturdays, closed Sundays and 11a-midnight on weeknights.
The Broadway storefront is the former home of the Broadway Boutique which closed earlier this year with its owner complaining of a “40% rent increase” after more than 20 years of operation.