Fairhaven will soon have its own hangout for people who enjoy comic books and board games.
Moon Base Games & Comics is aiming for a Sept. 1 opening at 1105 McKenzie Ave., in the alley near Rustic Coffee & Wine Bar. It will be the second store for Django Bohren, who also operates The Comics Place at 105 E. Holly St. At about 1,000 square feet, the Fairhaven spot will be about one-third the size of the downtown store, but it will carry the same type of products, including comics, board games, graphic novels and Bellingham-related shirts and stickers. Bohren said it will have more of a space/science fiction atmosphere.
Bohren decided to open a second store in Fairhaven because it was a chance to introduce his business to a group of people who haven’t been to the downtown store. Along with visitors to Fairhaven, Bohren noted there are many young people who live in the area looking for something to do.
The plan is to start off with a 50-50 split between comic books and games and let Fairhaven decide what it wants, Bohren said.
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Board games in particular have experienced a growth spurt in Bellingham, with several stores and game rooms opening in recent years. Bohren said games and comics have become more mainstream, joking that even Muggles are interested in this stuff now.
Moon Base will be open in the late morning into the evening every day. The Comics Place is planning to have a 36th anniversary party Sept. 9-10. Updates on Moon Base’s opening can be found on its Facebook page.
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