But before I start my interview I, (Mai-Liis) would just like to say a few words. Firstly, Congratulations Randy on 36 years in business. This is quite an accomplishment and secondly, thank you for making me feel old because I remember coming to your Comic Shop with my son Kristian, when he was a little boy who collected Pokémon and Magic Cards. This little boy is now 32 so need I say more about my age …except that 29 plus will always be my chosen age to be no matter what… anyway with that said, lets continue and firstly Randy,
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How and when did you decide to open this business?
My name is Randy Sauve, born and raised in Cornwall. I have been a comic book reader for fifty years and dreamed of opening a store since I was a teenager so I could share my love for comic books with others.
2. What is your Mission Statement?
Fantasy Realm was established in 1985 in downtown Cornwall and I take pride in promoting comic books and graphic novels as a form of entertainment and I am also a proponent for literacy to help improve reading skills for people young and old.
3. What is unique about your business?
The fact that the comic book stories allow you to escape into whole new worlds of adventure, fantasy and science-fiction.
4. How does your business improve or change the community at large?
The many themes of the store have a way of bringing people together in sharing the same interests.
5. Define success and what do you think have been the biggest changes that have occurred in your business and the business world over the past 36 years?
Adapting to customer interests is a constant in order to maintain success. The internet has allowed Fantasy Realm to be much more visible locally and worldwide.
Bonus Question:How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your business?
The pandemic allowed me to connect with my customers more closely, making it much easier when ordering product.
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