Scoop: A neighborhood game store is opening in downtown Grass Valley — filling a needed void

f4c16c_b879dec195ec4c8fbf7b346184ddbf74Cross another store off the list for the proposed Dorsey Marketplace shopping mall, because it’s going to open in downtown Grass Valley instead (where we like to shop). And it’s geared at youth and millennials, among others (I like that too).

A cool comic and game store called Grass Valley Games — think Marvel, DC, Magic, Pokémon and more — is opening on Mill Street in the historic downtown. It also will be a place to play games and meet other gamers. (Insiders know the The Curly Wolf Espresso House in Nevada City is a Sunday night venue for Magic gamers).

Grass Valley Games — comics, collectibles and cards — fills a real void  in the local shopping scene. Never mind A-1 comics in Roseville. Now Grass Valley has its own version— in the historic downtown, no less.

I noticed the sign and called James Arbaugh of Stucki Jewelers, whose family is a co-owner of the building at 124 Mill St., formerly Stucki Engravers. Sure enough, James confirmed the plans. He said they received more than a dozen queries for the space and settled on the game store because it seemed like a winner. And we couldn’t agree more.

The grand opening is on Saturday, and Emily’s Catering & Cakes (run by James’ brother, John, and his wife, Emily) is going to make “comic cookies.” The opening also will include game demonstrations. About 100 people are going so far, according to the Facebook invitation.

“Grass Valley games is more than just your local neighborhood game store,” the website reads. “Our hope is that we can once again sit down together and share a source of entertainment.

“We are here to support a form of entertainment that is social and begins with friends or family sitting around a table together, whether that be mini war gaming, comics and graphic novel clubs, role-playing games, board games or collectible and living card games. We are not just the one stop destination to supply these games but also a relaxing place to play them and meet other gamers. We hope to see you around soon.”

The store already is generating buzz on social media, and it is receiving inquiries from people who are walking past the entrance (now covered in paper).

The owner Zak Lewis (AKA “Zak L”) writes on Yelp: “It has always been a dream of mine to share my passion for comics and games with others. I am a fan of all the products I carry and enjoy them on a regular basis. Now I get to have them early and share the excitement of a new player finding a new favorite game or collectible.”

The Lewis family has owned and operated Lewis Welding Works at the same location in Roseville for over 60 years. “It has been my retirement plan from structural welding to open this shop and share my passion for gaming and comics with others,” Zak told me on Facebook. “I to used to have to drive to A1  when I lived up here for my games and comics and know what a pain it can be.”

Welcome Grass Valley Games!

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Scoop: A neighborhood game store is opening in downtown Grass Valley — filling a needed void”

  1. This is great. Its something that the Grass Valley City Council needs to remember when voting to permit the Dorsey Roseville Outpost; for each business that opens in that future blight you shutter one on Mill Street.

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