Only a month ago, Mount Vernon’s resident comics and collectibles shop, Collectors Corner, decided to call it quits. Management for the N. Charles Street store wrote in an email newsletter that business just wasn’t as strong as they’d hoped it would be, and said “after giving it [three] good years, it’s just time to move on.”
But in the last several weeks—amid a mega sale to help liquidate the store’s inventory of comics, graphic novels, action figures, games and more—owner Randy Myers said Baltimore-area collectors and enthusiasts have come out in support for the shop. “We’ve been busier than ever,” he said.
Store manager Bryan Levy described it as “overwhelming,” with customers writing emails and letters, calling in with supportive words and, more importantly, showing up and buying stuff, boosting the shop’s sales.
Speaking by phone from his flagship Parkville location, which has been open for 18 years now, Myers told Baltimore Fishbowl he’s now going to keep the lights on for Collectors Corner of Mount Vernon. Opting to shut it down was a “harsh decision” that nonetheless felt necessary given lagging sales, Myers said, but the recent support from customers has been enough to help change his mind.
He noted that Collectors Corner of Mount Vernon is the only place like it in the neighborhood. It would have been the second Baltimore comics shop to close this month, joining Fells Point’s Gorilla King Comics, whose owner, Ian Sayre, died in late January.
Other comic stores in the city include Canton Games, Hampden’s Atomic Books and Amazing Spiral near Belvedere Square.
Levy also attributed the change of heart to customers. The shop, which has already changed its ongoing closing blowout to a “NOT CLOSING” sale, plans to honor all promised discounts, including marking everything down 60 percent through today, and 70 percent through March 17.
That’ll be followed by a grand re-opening party on March 23, for which details are forthcoming.
Myers said he’s been grateful for a chance to run a store in Mount Vernon for the last several years. “I love the community, I love everything about that neighborhood,” he said.
And he’s optimistic after the last several weeks. “If we can keep that momentum going… hopefully we can remain there forever,” he said.