Savannah’s downtown scene is about to get a little bit nerdier — and that is a good thing. Nerdheim opens on March 14, offering a plethora of nerdy collectibles, board games, t-shirts, nerdy memorabilia and more.
Logan McDonald, one of the Nerdheim’s proprietors, said he and his partners Danon McConnell and Thomas Fox began Nerdheim as the Valhalla Project a little over a year ago when they opened up their Odin and Sons comic book shop. They wanted Odin and Sons to be more than just a comic book shop, but had limited space to do it. So they began buying all sorts of memorabilia, storing it in the Odin and Sons basement, in their houses; anywhere they could find it, even in their living rooms.
McDonald said it felt like they were living in a storage unit with all the merchandise.
“Nerdheim is everything we had to cut from Odin and Sons,” he said. “Board games, t-shirts, wallets, umbrellas, keychains, mugs, blankets, hats, and so much more. There’s going to be something for everyone and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.”
They will be hosting giveaways, door buster deals, and donating a portion of the proceeds to an event called Catch a Kidney for Robby.
“Robby Richardson is one of our regulars and a guy I’ve repeatedly run into over the years at geeky events. He’s really someone that you feel immediately attached to because he’s just such an insanely nice guy,” said McDonald.
“So, here’s a little example of how awesome Robby is,” he added. “We were raffling off a Nintendo Switch and we were very happy to draw his name. It just seemed right, like he was the one that really deserved it. Anyhow, he comes into the shop and is just over the moon that he was a winner, just crazy excited. Robby goes home to talk it over with his kids about how he had spent a lot of time in the hospital with nothing to do and what a difference something like a handheld gaming system would’ve made.”
“They decided it would be best to donate the Switch to Children’s Hospital or another person in need. That’s the kind of guy he is! He’s just so thoughtful,” McDonald said.
“Hearing his decision was the first time I really started thinking about how our shop isn’t just a business, it’s a part of the community. We’ve had our success and now we feel responsible to give back and help our fellow geeks. It was an easy decision to make him a part of this event. We’ve got to help him. Robby will also be at the event selling some of his own merch including an amazingly geeky St. Patty’s sticker. I’m super excited for people to meet him.”
For Nerdheim, the store opening comes at a perfect time.
“If you would’ve told me 10 years ago that Dungeons and Dragons will be huge in 2020 or that Anime/Manga would be growing insanely popular...I would’ve called you crazy,” McDonald said.
“But the things that were considered the absolute geekiest a decade ago are becoming more and more mainstream. They’re growing like weeds, and I love it.”
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