Let's be honest with ourselves. Most comic shops stink. Which is why I think it's important to give credit where credit is due when a comic shop does something right. I'm hoping people will utilize this thread to share the love a little. At best, we all might find some great new places to visit. At the very least, it might just make some of us appreciate some of the people who help make our buying and reading experiences better.
Let me start the ball rolling by sharing a great experience I had today. My wife and I decided to take a trip to one of our favorite nearby flea markets. It's called Saturday's Market. It's located in Middletown, PA. While there, we were surprised to discover a comics dealer we had been previously unaware of. The booth belonged to a man who operates a comic shop named Comics Corner in Elizabethtown, PA.
First, let me describe the selection. All back issues. There was a well-balanced selection of mainstream and small press. Also, a variety of prices were represented. There were nicer hardcovers and trades in a variety of prices with a 40% discount applied. Back issues were divided into priced-as-marked, $1 bins and 50¢ bins.
Next, the service. While we were browsing, the gentleman running the booth approached us and engaged us in friendly conversation. This immediately stood out to me. Later, when I was taking my purchases to the register, the same gentleman noticed I was buying all small press books. He further engaged me in conversation, asking me if I read new stuff in addition to buying back issues. When I responded in the affirmative, he then made recommendations of publishers I might be interested in! And we chatted more about our favorite small press publishers until my wife brought her purchases to the register. She was then given the same respectful service. As we were leaving, we were given a flyer for 20% off of our next purchase that also provided the address and business hours of the store location.
In closing, let's review. My wife and I were welcomed, engaged, encouraged and informed. The atmosphere, combined with the prices and selection, will ensure that we will, at the very least, return to the flea market location and will likely check out the store location. Please feel free to share your own experiences and/or recommend shops you feel deserve some love and attention.