Help Keep Comix Experience Alive!
San Francisco is raising minimum wage to the nation’s highest at $15/hour over the next three years – a 43% hike. While we at Comix Experience absolutely support a living wage, this unprecedented increase will put a huge pressure on small businesses like ours. To put it into raw numbers, given our current staffing (and we run very tight), we will soon have to generate an additional $80,000 a year in sales just to meet the rise.
Absorbing that kind of wage hike on our single biggest business cost (our talented people) is going to be a challenge. Historical rates of growth and the nature of selling comics (what we sell has a fixed cover price set by the publishers, therefore we can’t raise prices) means that it will be virtually impossible to raise that additional income organically.
Comix Experience is a healthy business, and has consistently been that way for all of the 26 years of its existence. However, like most small retail businesses, every dollar that is earned is invested directly back into the business. That means we will have to do something radical to generate the additional $80,000 in annual sales to meet this payroll mandate.
We think we've found a way to generate those sales while adding significant value for our customers: a curated Graphic Novel Club for graphic novel club lovers of all ages, and a Kids' Graphic Novel Club featuring books selected especially for boys and girls 9-13 years of age. Both clubs offer monthly picks of the finest new graphic novels curated by our staff, live and streamed club meetings and special events with authors and artists, cool swag and more. Check out this article in Comics Beat for more details on the financial impact and our solution>
Ready to be part of the solution? Just click on the buttons below to get details on on our graphic novel clubs, sign up to be a member or give a gift membership:
Comix Experience is San Francisco's oldest and most diverse comic book and graphic novel store, with two locations to serve you. Our Divisadero Street location specializes in graphic novels, with The City's widest-by-far inventory of books in every genre and style imaginable, while our Ocean Avenue store specializes in back issue comic books with a deep and eclectic inventory of all of your favorite comic books from the past.
Whichever store you visit, you'll quickly see that Comix Experience doesn't just like comics, we LOVE comics, and our friendly, dedicated staff are frankly delighted to help you find the perfect comic no matter what your interests are.
If you need more information, feel free to contact Head Cheese Brian Hibbs at email@example.com.
Comix Experience: 305 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117, (415) 863-9258
Comix Experience Outpost: 2381 Ocean Ave., San Francisco, CA 94127, (415) 239-2669
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