Cool Comics & Collectibles is expected to open in late May at 1207 Central Ave. in Middletown. RICK MCCRABB/STAFF

Comic book, collectibles store coming to former barbershop in downtown Middletown

Cool Comics & Collectibles is expected to open May 25 at 1207 Central Ave., if permitting allows, according to owners Brandi and Merle Cantrell.

Located next to Spoken Bicycle, Cool Comics & Collectibles will be in a storefront that formerly was a barbershop.

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It will offer a wide variety of comic books and collectible items including but not limited to figurines, card games, and toys.

The couple said they hope to pass the business on to their five children.

“We chose the location in hopes that the youth of Middletown will have a safe and non-troublesome place to have fun,” Brandi Cantrell told this news outlet.

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Cool Comics & Collectibles is planning a partnership with Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop, which is located across the street at 1212 Central Ave.

Customers who bring a receipt from Cool Comics to Grandpa Joe’s will get a free piece of candy. Customers who bring a receipt from that store to Cool Comics will get a free comic book.

Hours of operation are expected to be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

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