Long-time comics store will now operate as Rubber City Comics
Quaker Square Comics will relocate from its former University of Akron facility at Quaker Square to share space with The Stew Pot Kitchen at 23 S. Main St. in Downtown Akron this month. The long-running comic book shop also will change its name to Rubber City Comics.
Established in 1974 at the former Quaker Oats factory turned quirky shopping center, Newstand Comics (later known as Quaker Square Comics) was acquired in 2007 when the University of Akron purchased the hotel, conference facilities and shops. It was announced in July of this year that the University would be closing the last of the retail operations and contracting the banquet facilities to an outside company.
Thom Hoff originally operated the comic book shop within Quaker Square and continued to manage the operations under the University. “As a landmark business in Akron, we wanted to continue to serve the many dedicated customers who have been patrons of our store for decades,” said Hoff. “We were looking for someone with an established business that we could partner with.”
Enter Scott Malensek, a comic book fan and owner of The Stew Pot Kitchen. Teaming with Hoff, Malensek will relocate the Quaker Square comic retail operations as part of the space at his downtown eatery. “We didn’t want to see such a cultural institution in our city disappear, and we have a lot of regular customers who are comic book fans,” said Malensek. Because of the relocation, it was decided the shop’s name might need a new vibe as well. “Rubber City Comics just seemed to fit and it’s very Akron-centric,” he added.
Rubber City Comics will post its new hours once the move is complete later this month and will continue to provide a wide range of new and back issue comic book titles. The shop also offers a special discount for those customers who subscribe to the comic books of their choosing.
More information will be available the shop’s page at www.facebook.com/quakersquarecomics.