One thing about this area is that they really do not know how to promote the businesses in their small area. Oak Park, IL nor the neighboring Forest Park, IL I have lived in both and they are both suburbs that have gained a lot from their reputations, not because of their marketing or business sense. Forest park does have a better grip upon bringing people to their local businesses on Madison Ave with their multiple festivals, so that is a plus in a way.
However, when it comes to an issue like construction (street repaving) in the area the businesses really suffer, similar to any metropolitan area but do to their small community nature marketing during these times are lacking. Suburbs like Oak park and Forest park need these small businesses not only necessary for tax purposes but to bring visitors in the area. The only thing that is good about where I am living is that with a young nephew, niece and a cosplaying teenage niece who love all the marvel movies is that I look terrific and awesome in their eyes because of two businesses in the area One Stop Comics (Oak Park, IL) and Defiant Comics (Forest Park, IL).
One Stop Comics is every pure comic book geek’s dream they have everything from the 1950s to present day, they have tons of room and tons of stuff encompassing that space. So for the younger kids visiting this idyllic so-called suburb of Oak Park, Il this was a candy land of toys, of all kinds, comic books, etc., it is one of the best places or stops in the area I can take them. The cosplaying niece loves this place because of the history that it represents and sells from multiple generations of comic book publishing, this history gives her tons of comic book characters to read about and possibly cosplay as.
Defiant Comics is the smaller independent store of the two focusing on independent books and the adult fan but kids as well, the two younger ones love this place due to the streamlined offerings this store has, focusing on the independents but also the modern era of comic books. Action figures, POP figures, and $1 comic book offerings, etc., the one dollar comics is something they can always plead that costs so little no matter how bad they make my nerves.
The combination of these two places is the yin and yang to keeping these visiting knuckleheads together and calm! But in recent weeks I learned that the latter Defiant Comics had to post a gofundme page due to a lack of business traffic brought on by the construction, street repaving done outside of their store! I literally screamed a little bit inside the idea that one part of the two punch whammy would be missing floored me. As both stores make the kids feel special and honestly I love those damn $1 comic books it makes their visits less expensive! however, the idea of losing a business that I like and no one in the community really from either village has done nothing about it seems like.
I mean I have to go down Madison avenue to get to the place so sometimes I would need to stop at either Mama Thai’s or the KFC to feed these kids, therefore, that means without it these other businesses lose my dollars if Defiant Comics was not there. I wonder if either village cares what the loss of a business like this that bring people of various demographics to this area just to buy a freakin book? How many people go comic store hopping like I do with the kids throwing dollars to the various businesses along the way? What does the loss of competition of one comic store does to the other?
It really sucks that Defiant Comics is going through this and I really don’t want to be the bearer of bad news to the kids as I am to everyone else on here when I talk about Oak Park, IL (ha!). Hopefully, people will go to their gofundme page and donate because they are giving discount membership cards if you give, so here’s the page”
Save Defiant Comics https://www.gofundme.com/2hnr3t8
You can link it to your Facebook page for more exposure for this business and/or go to their event on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 5:45 PM – 10 PM it is being held at Chalk 7414 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois 60130
Not being a promote whore, but I hate either of these businesses to go the way of the old Chinese restaurant that was near the Harlem Green line stop for like tons of years, near the downtown Oak Park, IL area, what was its name? Yeah exactly you did not know it was over there, you cannot remember the name, now there’s some Ale house place there that was not busy for a while ..due to construction outside their door. Great marketing savvy from the village of Oak Park, IL now click on the link so I have two places to take these punk ass kids:
Save Defiant Comics https://www.gofundme.com/2hnr3t8 or go to their event on Sunday, August 28th, 2016 at 5:45 PM – 10 PM it is being held at Chalk 7414 Madison St, Forest Park, Illinois 60130 damn it!