Updated on 16 October, 2021
Gabi owned and operated Olympic Cards and Comics is located in Lacey. She has been in the role of store owner for more than twenty years now and has watched it expand from a small, 800 square feet store in the southern Oregon mall to more expansive, yet still compact spaces in various storefronts throughout the city. In 2021 the company finally moved into their new permanent home, a large 7,500 square foot warehouse located at 4220 Pacific Avenue. Gabi currently has locations in both Seattle and Bend Ore. The comic book giant promises that the Bend Ore outlet will be its largest location there yet.
The layout of Olympic Cards and Comics is an interesting one. The stores appear to follow a similar format of regular stores, with individual stores devoted to different categories. There are comics for teens, women, kids, and even some stores dedicated strictly to sports. The layout appears to attempt to target an ever-growing audience with a product for everyone.
The main section of the comic store is divided into three main sections. The first section features popular fiction and cartoon comics. This section also includes a large section of single issues, a few that are hard to find and rare finds, and a few exclusive releases. This section is not often visited, but for fans of certain titles, it is a must visit.
The second section features most of the non-fiction magazines and books. Magazines like Glamorama, People, InStyle, and Entertainment Weekly are all stocked in this section. The store manager usually has some control over which magazines are featured in each section. He may check them out and decide whether or not they like them enough to promote them in their section, otherwise he may choose some other magazine for their promotion.
The third section of a store, sometimes called the "coffee shop", stocks mostly of cold beverages, snacks and odds and ends. Some stores have a small gift shop attached to the coffee shop section, while others have no such option. This section of a store works well for customers who like the convenience of purchasing items from this section on a hot summer's day. It is also a good place to find obscure products that wouldn't ordinarily see a lot of traffic.
The fourth section is usually a combination of specialty stores and the comic store. Products in this section can be anything from statues and collectibles to statues of popular athletes and musical instruments. A popular interactive game in this section is a "buy one, get one free" type deal, which is a goldmine for some avid comic book and graphic novel fanatics. Other products in this section include electronics, clothing, toys, books, food products, video games, collectibles, and stamps.
The fifth section is often referred to as the sports store. This section usually sells apparel, hats, jewelry, equipment, shoes, sports bags, and books related to sports. It also houses numerous other products not listed in any other sections, but it is best if you have a clear focus on one type of product to maximize your sales and profits. For instance, if you only deal in swimwear, you would want to specialize in women's swimwear, men's swimwear, and accessories for children, and so on.
While most stores will have a general department where everything can be found, the Olympic category of stores will be unique. When browsing through the many different products in this section, it is a good idea to keep your eyes peeled for special sales, deals, and clearance items. If you do pay attention to these items, you can score great deals on the items that you want or need!