By MATT NEUENSCHWANDER
KENNESAW, Ga. — Customers of a Kennesaw family business are reliving their childhoods with the help of Steel Collectibles.
Steel Collectibles buys, sells and trades comics, action figures and retro video games. The store is run by Shannon Bishoff and her husband, Tyler Sanders.
The store’s name is a spin-off of Superman’s nickname “Man of Steel.” Its most popular service is selling retro video games. Some of these games are from as early as the ’70s.
Steel Collectibles offers customers a huge selection. The store holds about 1,500 retro video games.
“Just seeing that nostalgia kick in is pretty cool,” said Bishoff of her store’s customers.
Sanders is an avid fan of retro video games. He said he always dreamed of opening a comic book shop. He opened Steel Collectibles with his wife in March 2015.
“What gets me up in the morning, I’d say, is doing this with my wife,” said Sanders. “It’s awesome, man.”
The store is right around the corner from Kennesaw State University. Steel Collectibles gets a lot of business from students at Kennesaw State Univesrsity. Most of the students who visit the store were kids in the ’90s and 2000s.
Owners Bishoff and Sanders are products of those decades too. They welcome the friendships that Steel Collectibles brings.
“I love making connections and relating to different people in the community,” said Bishoff.
Steel Collectibles creates an outlet for people with common interests.
“What I like most about the store is the camaraderie of collectors,” said Sanders. “It’s nice to meet other people in the hobby.”
Steel Collectibles also provides repair services. It has one of Georgia’s top collections of “Funko POP! Figures.” These are collectible toys that represent well-known characters.