Backstage Hobbies & Games to open Manistee location

April 4, 2019

For the past 12 years, Backstage Hobbies & Games has become a hot spot for video-game enthusiasts, comic book readers, tabletop game players and collectors of all kinds at its 119 S. James St. spot in Ludington. Now, owners Nate and Nicole Petersen are expanding the business by opening a second location in downtown Manistee.

In March, the Petersens signed a one-year lease for a spot at 390 River St., and Nate said they’re excited about moving forward with an idea that’s been in the works for several years.

“We’ve been knocking this (idea) around since as early as 2012, because we hit that point with the (Ludington) shop where we had a lot of things going on and a lot of product, but were running out of room,” Nate said. “We also had a lot of players who were coming in from Manistee.”

They were able to expand in Ludington by renting out the adjacent room, but Nate said customers and members of the greater Backstage Hobbies & Games family liked the idea to open a Manistee location, and encouraged them to pursue it in earnest.

One of the people who helped bring the project to fruition was Ryan Horton, who has worked with Nate and Nicole in the past. Horton will be at the helm of the Manistee location.

“He’s going to be a full partner for that location,” Nate said. “(Nicki and I) are obviously doing a lot of over-arching guiding, but he’s going to be running the Manistee store, Nicki will be running the Ludington store and I’ll be working I.T. and working with community members and businesses and things like that.”

There will be a soft opening for Backstage Hobbies & Games Manistee on Saturday, April 13, when the doors will open and people will be invited to check out the store’s offerings.

Nate said he, Nicki and Horton will use the time between the soft opening and May 25 to figure out the store’s hours of operation.

A grand opening at the new 390 River St. location will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 25.

“It’s largely just an extension of what we’ve been doing here for years,” Nate said of what the Manistee location will offer.

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