CHATHAM, NJ - Colin Burke and Jen Graham-Macht started out as neighbors with a mutual interest in comic books. On Monday, they were in business together as the owners of the Satellite Comic & Games on Main Street.
"When I was a kid, I always wanted to open a comic book store," Burke said.
Customers started showing up before the store opened its doors at 11 a.m. and mamy left happy with their purchases.
Burke, a private investigator, was on the job when he spent some down time on a case he was working on at a local comic store. He discovered that comics could be for adults and children alike.
"I was like, 'wow' some of this stuff is for adults," Burke said. "It got me thinking about opening a store of my own."
Graham-Macht, who worked at the Apple Store at the Short Hills Mall, found the store location in Chatham and soon they were in business. Burke is selling his own comic collection of about 3,000 in the venture.
The store features new issues, back issues, collectable cards, board games and some oddities such as a collection of old ray guns hanging on the wall in the back. Burke says they plan on holding events for customers at the store, such as "Friday Night Magic."
All customers were asked to take a survey before they left, stating what kind of comics and products they'd like to see stocked in the store.
"My father opened his own business and nobody showed up for his grand opening," Burke said. "I'm surprised at how many people are here. It really feels like home, everyone here is so nice and welcoming."