Who says kids don't read comic books anymore?
Pulp 716, an independent comics shop in Lockport, has signed a lease to open a second location on Webster Street in North Tonawanda.
"We love the 'Main Street, America' feel of Webster Street," said Jay Bérent, who owns the store with wife Amy. "With the historical Riviera Theatre, all the small shops and families walking, it feels like we're in a Norman Rockwell painting."
The shop, expected to open in August, will be at 31 Webster St., in the same building as frozen yogurt shop the Flavor Factory and across from bar and restaurant Crazy Jake's.
At a 1,900 square feet, the new location will be slightly larger than the original and have a longer name; Pulp 716 Coffee & Comics. It will also have a front patio, which the Lockport store lacks.
Pulp 716 will broaden its bubble tea menu to permanently include "Dyngus Day" bubble tea.
"It's basically a pączki in a cup," Bérent said. "We did a trial run, but nobody knew how to pronounce pączki, so we'll just call it Dyngus Day."
Much else at the North Tonawanda location will be the same as in Lockport. The store's cafe will still serve its Retro Coffee Blends, including its 1830 Canal Builder and its 1927-style Roaring 20s blend. Each coffee was painstakingly researched to capture the same characteristics of coffee served during their respective time periods.
Pulp 716's literacy program will also extend to the new location. That program recruits comic book authors to help adults and children strengthen their reading skills using comic books. The program, including comics to take home, is free.
And, of course, Pulp will sell comics and pop culture merchandise.
The Bérents said the Lockport store exceeded their expectations, leading to their expansion.
"We have weekly visitors from Buffalo and even Cheektowaga,"Jay Bérent said. "It really gave us the confidence we needed knowing people are driving 45 minutes to see us every week."