PLUMSTEAD TOWNSHIP, PA – Like so many others, Andrew Frazier lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 28-year-old Plumstead Township resident worked for a Philadelphia-area company that focused on outdoor education, a vocation that matched his passion for the outdoors and working with children. The pandemic forced him to stay at home, which allowed for much self-reflection.

He thought a lot about his childhood. He had always loved comics, video games, and manga reading, but it always felt more like a private hobby than a shared community.

“When I was growing up you had to be a little quiet,” Frazier said. “You are afraid to express who you are because of the bullying.”

So came the idea of ​​opening a safe space for like-minded game and graphic novel lovers of all ages.

“The idea for the store was to build it around the community after COVID,” he said. “I thought it was something we all missed.”

The Nook, a 1,400 square foot space in Plumstead Mall, sells comics, video games, Manga comics, and tabletop games. Frazier said he also plans to host tournaments for Magic: The Gathering card game players and video players.

The store is having a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday July 24 and Sunday July 25, which will include a raffle.

Normal store opening hours will be 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday to Saturday, with a time slot for game nights; and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.