Port Macquarie man David Kinney has wanted to open a comic book store since he was a kid and now his dream is becoming a reality this Saturday.
“I’m very excited to be officially opening Spoiler Alert which is a geek retail and community gaming hub providing a fun inclusive space for locals of all ages and abilities,” Mr Kinney said.
David and his wife Emily teamed up with locals Kerry-Ann and Joseph O’Donnell after they determined the need for a safe, fun environment for people to hang out.
“We are welcoming people from all backgrounds and gaming levels. This is a drug and alcohol free space where you can play games, make new friends and purchase your favourite pop culture merchandise” David said.
“Our aisles are slightly wider for those with a wheelchair or if you’re a person with poor dexterity we have low shelves. We also provide a sensory space for children with Autism.”
The foursome met at an Incubator provided by Hastings Council where they discovered their similar business interests and target audiences.
“Rather than go head-to-head in two separate spaces we have joined together,” David said.
“But we needed help to make it into a sustainable business. So I did some research, found the NEIS Program and it was just perfect.”
The NEIS program helped David ensure that he had all the processes in place ready for the new business to officially open.
“I learned the nuts and bolts of what I have to do, from insurance to taxes. Helen from ETC was wonderful throughout the whole process,” David said.
“The NEIS Program helped make this business a reality and for me to fulfil my life-long dream.”
“We hope to eventually double the size of our premises. We’re also looking at doing heaps of activities for the local community such as Zombie Walks and Costume Competitions.”
The Spoiler Alert Launch Party is this Saturday 22nd October at 22 Horton Street, Port Macquarie (Shop 10, Ritz Centre). For more information visit www.spoileralert.com.au
The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) helps eligible unemployed people to start and run their own business. Learn more on the website or phone 1800 007 400 if you would like to find out more.