Paper Tiger — comics, toys and extra — is now open in South … – Axios

By | January 22, 2023

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Paper Tiger. Picture: Karri Peifer/Axios
Richmond restaurateur Hamooda Shami as soon as owned almost half the eating places in a single block of Carytown. Nowadays, he owns only one — Don't Look Again — and couldn't be happier, due to his new, non-restaurant enterprise.
Driving the information: Shami opened Paper Tiger, a comic book e-book, collectables and toy retailer, on June 24 at 7522 Forest Hill Ave., in a constructing his uncle bought in August 2020.
What occurred: Blame the pandemic for the change. It's what pushed Shami over the sting to reevaluate his life and passions, he advised Axios.
However eating places had been one of many enterprise sectors hit the toughest, and reopening within the pandemic got here with its personal complications. Plus after 20 years within the restaurant trade — and now with two small children at house — Shami was prepared for a change.
As an alternative, Shami determined to shut the Southside location of DLB whereas selling and elevating pay for staffers on the Broad location so he might hand off the day-to-day.
Initially, Shami was going to run Paper Tiger out of his house, however he had one other frequent pandemic epiphany: Working from house with a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old is ineffective. Plus, he had retail house.
What you'll discover: Shami likens the store to a boutique with a curated assortment of stuff for nerds (his phrase!) of all ages and tastes, together with:
Insider tip: Paper Tiger affords free wine and beer for buyers, utilizing an expanded model of the identical ABC license that permits salons and artwork galleries to supply complimentary drinks as a buyer perk, which went into impact in January.
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