Nerd Haven moving to larger space

KEVIN MCKEE/THE EXPRESS Nerd Haven owner Zach Hess carries a stack of products while organizing his new storefront.

LOCK HAVEN — You may have seen young men and women carrying boxes of items down the sidewalk of Main Street this past week and wondered why.

Well, the items belonged to downtown store Nerd Haven, which is in the process of relocating and expanding into the former Addie’s storefront, and the people helping were community members who logged a bunch of volunteer hours helping out their local game store.

The shop, which carries a wide variety of board and card games, video games, Gundam model kits, anime character figures, fosters a community unto itself, built largely on a robust tournament scene that stretches back historically in the area for over a decade.

Events featuring Magic: the Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Cardfight: Vanguard, Dungeons and Dragons, and Super Smash Brothers are run frequently throughout the month — with some of the most popular seeing play multiple times a week.

Members of this community tend to be inclusive and tightly-knit, and love to help out in the event of a major event such as their hub changing locations, as exemplified by the roughly twenty volunteers who helped out over the course of Tuesday, Feb. 20, which was when most of the moving work was accomplished.

Of those volunteers, some logged upwards of twelve hours helping out on Tuesday alone, carrying boxes from the previous location several doors down, re-arranging cases and shelves, or unpacking and organizing merchandise. The more muscular amongst the group carried left-over heavy display cases to the building’s basement for storage.

While the store remained closed on Wednesday as sorting out the new space continued, it re-opened for business on Thursday. The shop plans to close on Tuesday, Feb. 27 for some extra fine-tuning in advance of its Grand Re-Opening weekend, which is planned for March 3-4, and will feature all-day events and sales.