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Store for gamers, comic book lovers opens doors this week

Readers of comic books, role-players, card collectors and miniature wargamers all have reason to take notice. On Wednesday at 10 a.m. Hero’s Haven will open for business at 500 W. Congress St.

“It’s something I’ve had in the back of my mind for many years,” owner Charles Morris said. “With the surge in popularity of Marvel and things that interested me when I was a kid, I decided the market was probably there to make a go of it. We’re going sell comic books, gaming cards, collectibles, sports cards — a little bit of everything. It’s a hobby shop, in a sense.”

Morris grew up in Brookhaven. He said there’s always been a shortage of things for kids to do in town. Hero’s Haven will have gaming tables, and Morris said there won’t be any fees for using them.

“When I finally got the opportunity to provide a venue for kids to sit, and play, and meet other kids and hangout in a safe environment, I did it.”

Morris said there’s more of a market for hobby shops like Hero’s Haven than people realize, and one that’s not well represented in the region.

“If you look at the statistics — I did a lot of market research before I made the final decision to open this place — it’s a vast market,” Morris said. “It’s just that in these parts it’s not really been tapped into. I think the nearest hobby shop to us here is Tylertown. Beyond that, it’s Jackson.”

While Hero’s Haven will be opening on Wednesday, Morris said the real grand opening will be sometime in December. After the grand opening, Morris said he will be hosting tournaments every weekend for Magic the Gathering and other games.

“We fully expect to do Friday Night Magic,” Morris said. “Saturdays and Sundays we’ll have different tournaments set up as well, whether it be Warhammer, or Pokemon or Yu-Gi-Oh, but once we get up and running good, I expect to have two — possibly three — tournaments a weekend.”