Since his childhood, Shane Ahlvers, passionate about comics, dreamed of opening a shop dedicated to the world of caricature and “geekery”.
He officially launched Sir Lonebuck’s House of Comics & Geekery in Woodinville on Friday, October 1. The boutique, located at 14132 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd, offers a boutique pop culture experience.
“I’ve been a fan my whole life,” he said, referring to his passion for comics. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to have a comic book store. Honestly, I never thought this would happen.
Ahlvers and her husband, David, are co-owners of the store. After being put on leave during COVID-19, he decided to take the opportunity to “line up his ducks” and start working on his business plans.
Ahlvers, who grew up in a small town in Wisconsin, said he bought his first comic book from a grocery store when he was 6 years old. In fact, a duplicate can be found at the Woodinville store.
In addition to curated comics, Sir Lonebuck’s also offers horror and graphic novels, as well as pro wrestling merchandise, toys, collectibles and more.
The store will be a place for comic book lovers, he said. But for those unfamiliar with “geekery,” he wants to show people the whole world beyond comics with graphic novels and young adult literature.
“I want people to know that there are actually great forms of literature in the form of a graphic novel or a comic book, and I think a lot of people just don’t realize that yet,” he said. .
Ahlvers said the store has a wide variety of books available for purchase. Key genres include niche comics and horror novels, he added. There are also sections dedicated to insider wrestling books and collective action figures.
A local artist named Crapathy, who specializes in spray paint and stencils, offers artwork for sale in the store. Ahlvers said he found the artist online and decided his work fits well with the atmosphere of the store.
So far, he said, the comic book store has mostly seen adults at this point. Ahlvers is hopeful that students from the two neighboring tutoring centers start to express their interest, he said.
“A takeaway from this week has been the support from the community,” he said. “People come in and they’re just happy to help out a small business and I really appreciate that. I loved the customers, and it was so much fun.