Industry Comics holds ribbon cutting

Industry Comics, a comic book/collectibles specialty shop located at 854 Farmington Ave. held its official grand opening on Thursday, June 30 with a ribbon cutting ceremony the Greater Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

Industry Comics opened its doors on Nov. 11, 2015. The shop showcases thousands of new and vintage comics. In addition to comic books, Industry Comics carries a large selection of graphic novels, action figures, statues, sports cards, trading cards, toys, t-shirts and other superhero merchandise.

Industry Comics started as a home-based eBay business in 2007 by Christopher Laudate as a way to generate extra income. By 2013, Chris and his wife Stephanie joined forces doubled their sales and creating an immediate need for expansion. By 2015, they were taking the next step – opening their first brick and mortar location.

“We worked extremely hard on the design and layout with a primary focus on functionality while maintaining an open space,” said Stephanie, according to a press release. “In addition to the aesthetics, it was extremely important to both Chris and I that we created a family friendly environment- hence the addition of our Kids Corner. We love seeing families walk through our doors and parents equally enjoy seeing a chalkboard and Lego table where their kids can be occupied and play while they browse!”