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Posted on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 5:57 a.m.

Fun 4 All Comic & Games relocating to larger space on Carpenter Road

By Lizzy Alfs


Fun 4 All Comic & Game's new space on Carpenter Road is located in the Target shopping center.

Photo by Richard Nelson

A 24-year-old comic and game shop on Washtenaw Avenue plans to relocate to a larger space on Carpenter Road next week.

Fun 4 All Comic & Games, at 2742 Washtenaw Ave., will open in its new space at 3773 Carpenter Road on Monday, said store owner Richard Nelson.

“We were just looking to expand,” Nelson said. “We have an in-store gaming space for about 72 people right now, but we’re looking to expand that to at least double.”


Fun 4 All is relocating to a larger space on Carpenter Avenue after 24 years in business.

Fun 4 All Facebook page

Nelson opened Fun 4 All in the Ypsilanti area in 1989, and he kept the store concentrated on sports cards sales. After several relocations and store evolutions, Nelson said Fun 4 All now sells all kinds of “reusable fun” — which includes comic books, board games, trading cards and other collectibles.

The store has been in its 3,600-square-foot space in the Fountain Plaza shopping center on Washtenaw Avenue for 10 years, but with his lease set to expire soon, Nelson said it was time for a change.

“Last year was probably the best year ever for us,” Nelson said. “Even through the economy, as a lot of places were struggling, we've done really well, and I think businesses like ours have done really well. I think it’s because we sell reusable fun.”

Also, he said, it's important to stay on top of gaming and collectible trends.

“We’re willing to sell stuff as it gets hot,” Nelson said, referring to fads such as Beanie Babies and Pokemon in the 1990s. He said ‘The Walking Dead’ comic books are big business drivers right now.

The new 6,100-square-foot Fun 4 All space on Carpenter Road will allow store to grow the gaming side of the business and expand its product lines while remaining in the same geographical area.

“I kind of think that we owe it to the people who have supported us to not just up and abandon (the Ypsilanti area) and take off and move to Ann Arbor or wherever else,” Nelson said.

The expanded store will carry more novelty items, such as pint glasses and key chains. It also plans to host more events — such as board game nights and ‘Magic: The Gathering’ card tournaments — throughout the week.

“We stress that you play,” Nelson said. “If you invest the money in it and you don’t play, it’s much easier for you to get out of (the hobby) and lose interest and move onto the next thing.”

Nelson said the Washtenaw Avenue location of Fun 4 All will keep its doors open through Sunday and he will open the new Carpenter Road location on Monday.

Follow Fun 4 All on Facebook for updates on the new space and the store's hours.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 11:52 p.m.

This store is a great part of the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti heritage, one of the few remaining examples of our youth from way back; well I think the first Superman comic was 1939 (?). Nostalgia like these places keep our youth going, in age of computer technology and digital everything. The sci-fi, or technical cards (not sure what to call them) and figures the younger crowd plays I still do not understand - but they spend hours playing and very obviously enjoying; and the only visible computers are at the cashiers checkout. This is America. Nice writing, Lizzy.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 1:57 p.m.

I always thought this business was associated somehow with Red Baron Collectables, which is what used to be where the current location of fun 4 all is. Did he buy that business from them, stock and all? That would make the most sense, especially since he said he used to focus on sports cards and now he does it all. I'm glad places like this are still around though, it seems like comics have gone completely by the wayside. Dave's Comics is a long time gone....and still sorely missed.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 4:17 p.m.

The thing with vault is that it doesn't really feel like a traditional comic book store. Also....they're a little expensive because of their location. It's a nice store and all, but it just doesn't give that vibe that goes with comic book stores. It feels like they're TRYING to be a comic book store...instead of actually BEING a comic book store...if that makes any kind of sense. I guess it's the same feeling that I would get from places like Wazoo and SKR vs. someplace like Tower or Best Buy.


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 2:31 p.m.

Don't forget Vault of Midnight!


Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 1:52 p.m.

Great people, great knowledge, lots of fun. Congrats to them for being able to grow.

Sarah Rigg

Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 12:12 p.m.

I'm glad the business is doing well. It's a great shop.