In a world where bookstores are shuttering and libraries are cutting hours, it's nice to know at least one print-and-ink business still stands for truth, justice and the American way. Zeus Comics and Collectibles has been in Dallas for 12 years and is looking to have an even greater impact by moving to a bigger store.
The new location at 1334 Inwood Rd. is at the edge of the Dallas Design District. At roughly 3,000 square feet, it's also twice as large as Zeus' current digs.
"Zeus will definitely bring a more eclectic crowd to the neighborhood," says Monica Diodati of Jim Lake Companies.
"With all of the development and growth of the area, it seemed like the next new place to be," says owner Richard Neal.
The move, which is already underway, will make it one of the largest comic book stores in Texas. It will also add a bit of variety to the Design District tenant list, which currently includes art, apartment and dining options — but no book stores.
"As the Design District becomes more funky, different kinds of businesses are noticing and moving here," says Monica Diodati, marketing coordinator for Jim Lake Companies, one of the main developers in the area. "The area's outskirts are starting to grow, and Zeus is a part of that. The store will definitely bring a more eclectic crowd to the neighborhood."
Neal spent last week priming and painting the walls at the new location, which was vacated by Benno's Buttons and Trimmings about two years ago. Zeus joins Crate & Barrel at the Inwood Outlet Center.
Although the store is technically open in its new locale, Neal says it still needs "a little polish." He hopes to have an official grand opening with special comic guests in the near future.
The former Zeus space at 4411 Lemmon Ave. has reportedly been leased to a tanning salon.