Comics, Collectibles, and Community Commitment

Jay sprucing up one of many collectibles at Hot Comics

Jay sprucing up one of many collectibles at Hot Comics

Meet Jay, a Richfield resident who works at Hot Comics and Collectibles, the self-proclaimed “Best comic book shop in all of Minnesota!” Hot Comics has two locations in the Twin Cities (New Hope & Richfield), with Jay working at the Richfield store for over a year and a half. He spends most of his time sprucing up classic toys and games, as well as, organizing the work and retail space when needed.

Thanks to a collaboration between Community Involvement Programs, the City of Richfield, and the Richfield Rotary Club, Jay started as an intern with Hot Comics in 2013. But when the internship period was completed, Sam, a manager at Hot Comics, decided that he enjoyed Jay’s sense of humor and industrious work ethic so much that he offered him a permanent position.

Jay fills many roles at Hot Comics: cleans classic toys and collectibles; he sorts and organizes merchandise; and importantly, he shares his engaging sense of humor with the customers and his co-workers, providing “comic” relief for all. The store’s website suggests the importance of a fun work culture: “We have clean spacious stores with welcoming employees who actually enjoy working (most of the time),” and Jay looks forward to each day he is able to contribute to the culture and success of Hot Comics!

Some of the features that the store highlights include:

Jay's engaging sense of humor makes him a great fit for the fun work culture at Hot Comics!

Jay’s engaging sense of humor makes him a great fit for the fun work culture at Hot Comics

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff who are always happy to assist
  • Free subscriber pull-list ensuring you never miss an issue of your favorite titles
  • Subscriber benefits with the option of purchasing limited amounts of variant covers at cover price
  • Discount cards for only $15 a year that provide a 10% discount off regular priced items
  • Inventory that is constantly changing for reasons to come back  or shipped right to you

Stop by Hot Comics and Collectibles for your gaming and comic needs at 6609 Nicollet Ave. S. Richfield, MN 55423. You might have the opportunity to joke around with Jay and support a small business with a commitment to an inclusive community!

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3 comments

  1. Reblogged this on A Bridge to Cross Over and commented:
    This was so inspiring because of his dedication and persistence to do what he loves, even if it’s something small. I admire people like this.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! And to be clear, the work Jay does isn’t “small” to him at all (or his team)…it makes a big difference! 🙂

  2. Misha · · Reply

    The article suppose to say “a year and a half”, not “a year a half”. Other than that, its well written. Congrats to Jay from me!

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