Struggling Farmington comic book store fights to stay open | KOB 4

Struggling Farmington comic book store fights to stay open

Diana Castillo
Updated: February 06, 2020 07:24 PM
Created: February 06, 2020 07:24 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M.- A comic book store in Farmington is hoping the public will help keep his business open.

The owner of Tales of Tomorrow, Steve Clark, said his bookstore is more than just comics.

"Creating an environment where people can come and engage in stories,” he said. “I think it’s a really helpful way for human beings to construct meaning.”

After the shop began struggling, Clark and his team created a GoFundMe page to help gain support, not only for the shop, but for the café he owns next door.

"We need a larger consumer base to sustain all the overhead, so that seemed like a good way to reach out to people that can’t just come and buy product,” Clark said.

Clark said the construction outside, while not entirely to blame, has slowed business down. But his loyal customers keep coming back.

“I really couldn't imagine my life without Tales of Tomorrow,” Noah McCay said. “I've been collecting comic books for five years now and I've been to a lot of different stores and none are as good as this place."

The shop has raised over $1,500 on GoFundMe. Clark said the support from the community has given him hope for the shop to keep going.

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