LANSING, Mich. — After a year that had many businesses are searching for a rescue plan, one business owner says it’s the heroes of his childhood who are saving the day and his business.
Regan Clem is the owner of Summit Comics and Games in Downtown Lansing. Clem’s been a comic book lover his whole life. He’s happy to be sharing that love with the community.
And the community is giving love right back. His business is booming.
“People bought comics at a happier time in their lives … we feel blessed to be coming out of COVID better than when we came in. The community has been very supportive,” Clem said.
Thanks to the support of the community, Summit is expanding, tripling the size of its downtown location.
The staff here is making sure to pay it forward, helping businesses throughout downtown Lansing rebound from the pandemic.
“We just try to keep the love in the community because this community has been extremely loving to us,” manager Matt Hunt said.
One way they’re spreading the love is through a partnership with Lansing restaurants with weekly free lunch days for Summit customers.
Clem and his staff are telling customers to enjoy a meal from one of its partner restaurants, then bring the receipt to Summit where they’ll take the cost of your meal out of your purchase.
Clem told his customers in a Facebook post that free lunch days might be the perfect day to treat themselves.
“Then bring your receipt over to Summit. Say your meal was $10. We'll give you $10 off any purchase in Summit of $20 or more. If you bought $40 because you're really hungry, we'll give you $40 off a purchase of $80 or more. Your meal is on us.
"So if you were thinking of buying a new game, statue or just splurging on something, today is the day!”
Hunt knows the community needs the support and he’s excited to be able to share it any way he can.
“We see all these people coming into this store but I want to see them come to Kelly’s next door and get some food or down to Envie or over to Zoup or going to see Joe down at Jalapenos so they are still around,” Hunt said.
Summit hopes its growth can help other business owners see a light at the end of the tunnel.
“Everybody’s store, especially the locally owned ones, it’s somebody’s dream. They started it because they have a passion. So don’t give up. If it’s what you dreamed of don’t give up hope. There’s better times in store,” Clem said.
Loyal customers like Katherine Stimpson come in every week to see what Summit has on display.
“The fact that they have a variety of everything here, I just enjoy coming in and looking around,” Stimpson said,
With the expansion, Summit is excited to expand its inventory as well.
“Back-issues, these are older comics … so with the older books, we’ll be able to have a lot more space for them in the new store. So, we’re excited for that,” Clem said.
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