DANVILLE — A video game, toys and comic book shop downtown has moved to a larger location, and the owners have wide-ranging plans to fill the space.
Vintage Villains has moved from 103 N. Vermilion St. to 126 N. Vermilion St., across the street on the main floor in the old Sears building where Midwest Gymnastics had been located and Heartland Fair is in the basement.
“We’ve been very successful,” said co-owner Chris Perrault.
Now they have plans to have a video game museum and host live entertainment events.
Perrault said the video game museum would provide history on gaming.
“That was something we were wanting to do,” Perrault said.
The local concerts, comedy shows and other attractions won’t be immediate, Perrault said.
Partners/co-owners Perrault and Troy Walton opened the shop about a year ago downtown. The shop was formed by combining Perrault’s Boutique Du Freak and Walton’s Timewalk Collectibles.
The shop opened last weekend in the new location downtown.
“It’s a lot bigger,” Perrault said.
The old space had about 1,700 square feet of space and the new location is about 12,500 square feet. The shop still includes a free arcade. They had room for about eight to nine machines in the old location, but have space now for 15 to 20 machines if not more, Perrault said.
Several machines are unfortunately broken and need repair, and Perrault and Walton have started an IndieGoGo page to help with costs to fix the video game machines and buy new ones, and add the video game museum. Anyone interested in helping with costs can go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/vintage-villains/x/6341848.
Perrault said everything has been moved to the new location.
“We’re open, but we’re still messy,” he said.
Items at the shop include vintage toys, action figures, video game systems and games, posters, movies, T-shirts, movie cards and comic books.
The shop has open space and tables set up for Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh and Dungeons and Dragons.
There are tournaments every Saturday night and people are free to play the trading card games during open hours too, Perrault said.
Hours for the business are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.