Hey there residents of Philly & surrounding areas.
Do we have a shop/store geared towards the otaku crowd in this area? Where one can get his/her otaku shopping done? Where are the figurines, Gundam Model kits, Cosplay and/or Lolita Bible magazines, cosplay accessories, random and sometimes useless knickknacks (which are usually oh-so-cute), manga IN JAPANESE, quirky cellphone straps, etc???
If NOT, would you like one? And what would you like to see in it?
I am planning to open a brick& mortar store filled with the fantasticness of Japan. Ranging from media (magazines, manga, CDs, etc.) to bento gear and possibly hard-to-acquire lolita and current subculture apparel. I've started scouting around for resources but I'd like to know what my crowd would like to see when they walk into a shop geared towards them. This store will be a spectrum of current Japanese pop culture.
So tell me what you would like to see in a shop that you can actually walk into? What magazines do you want to see on the racks? What music selection to choose from? Posters? Etc.?
ALSO, LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. How would you feel about a shop in Center City, where transportation (public) is easily accessible?
*Please understand this shop may not be open for another year (or more) since I am currently still planning, obtaining all the necessary documents, etc.
**Also, I am fully aware of the shop OMOI in Rittenhouse (and have been there quite a few times myself). I feel that is is more geared towards the Japan-inspired hipster so to speak... Not quite for those looking for funkyfunky and anime/manga related.