Getting down to funny business
Glynnes Pruett has been selling comic books with her dad at industry trade shows since she was six. They imagined having their own comic book store one day, and often talked about what it would be like, what they’d sell, and who would come enjoy their comics.
That childhood dream is now a reality for the 25-year-old comic book maven. Glynnes has brought a fresh face to the graphic novel world with last month’s opening of her new store, Comic Book Hideout, at Kimco’s Fullerton Town Center in Fullerton, Calif. Her grand opening celebration drove about 400 customers through her doors, doubling her sales goal for the day.
But Glynnes’s store opening is a milestone for another reason as well. She is one of the first Kimco KEYS tenants to open shop. Kimco KEYS is the business incubator program we launched in May 2012 to help entrepreneurs start their own business. The program places qualified applicants into participating Kimco shopping centers and provides one year of free rent and additional benefits. (You can read details on our Kimco KEYS web page.)
We spoke to Glynnes recently about what it feels like to open her dream business, the “indie weirdness” — as she calls it — that differentiates her shop from other comic retailers, and her goals for the coming years. She also told us about the role the KEYS program is playing for Comic Book Hideout, providing what she terms a “safety net” during her crucial startup years
Click play to hear Glynnes tell her story. You can also use the index to jump to any part that interests you most. Or, read the transcript.
- 0:35 What Comic Book Hideout is all about
- 1:55 What sparked Glynnes’s business idea
- 3:38 How Glynnes heard about the Kimco KEYS program
- 5:37Her experience applying for and participating in the KEYS program
- 6:20 What Glynnes hopes to get out of the KEYS program
- 7:48 Why she believes Fullerton, Calif., is the ideal location for her small business
- 8:30 The hard-to-find comic books Glynnes is stocking at Comic Book Hideout
- 9:37 All the festivities of the Comic Book Hideout grand opening
Congratulations, Glynnes. We wish you the best of the luck, and are happy to be helping you get your business off the ground.
We’re planning to feature more of our KEYS tenants’ stories on our blog in the coming months, so watch this space.
This has been an installment of StoreFront, an interview series with leaders of successful retail businesses. For more interviews, visit the StoreFront page. To learn how you can be featured, email us. We’d love to hear from you.