A Med City pop culture and comic book shop is prepping to branch out with a second store in the Twin Cities.

Rochester’s dynamic duo, Brad Vigesaa and Jake Scharpen, recently announced plans to open a sequel to their Nerdin Out store at 1802 Second St. SW. The sibling shop will be in Inver Grove Heights.

“It’s always been the goal to expand, and we’ve always wanted to tap into the metro market,” said Scharpen. “We’re really stoked about it.”

To complement the Rochester location, they hope to open the sibling store in October.

The two longtime action figure and comic collectors opened their original store in 2017 and then moved to their current, larger spot in 2019. Along the way they also launched an annual Rochester comic convention called Nerdin Out Con and a laser tag area called The Battleground.

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During the pandemic, Nerdin Out has found a way to flourish by evolving, with Vigesaa and Scharpen hosting three or four live “claim sales” on Facebook each week. They display an action figure, collectible card or comic with a price and the first viewer to “claim” it can buy it.

“You had to adapt and change or stay the same and struggle. The pandemic forced us to re-look at online sales. Using eBay was time-consuming,” Schrarpen said. “This way is fun and shows off the store a little bit. Honestly, it’s been a blessing.”

Biz buzz

I’ve noticed that a Rochester restaurant is still dark months after the pandemic started.

When you are part of regional brand with 12 locations, and the Med City spot is the only one that hasn’t re-opened, I’d say that isn’t a very hopeful sign for the future.

I’m going to do more checking on this to determine if re-opening is likely for this northwest eatery.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in "Heard on the Street." Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 507-285-7798.