JAMESTOWN – A local sports card and memorabilia store in Jamestown is getting ready for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
Family-owned business Ballgame Heroes opened their first brick and mortar location at 501 W. 3rd Street earlier this year.
The shop is hosting a day of deals on Friday, November 26 starting at 5 a.m. and running to 8 p.m.
In addition to 10 percent off on most items in the store, free Timbits and Tim Hortons coffee will also be up for grabs.
As co-owner Starr Ryder explains, his shop is trying to avoid raising their prices amid a nationwide supply chain shortage that is impacting his industry.
“You can see signs of it, increased prices here and there,” explained Ryder. “We just spend more time looking for better deals, so we don’t have to push those costs back down to the customer.”
Ryder believes the “easy way out” is simply increasing prices, something he is not willing to do.
“It goes back to treating people the right way,” said Ryder. “Something that has historically been five bucks and then we all of a sudden come out at $9.50 for it, it doesn’t feel right.”
This philosophy is how businesses like Ballgame Heroes stand out, or at least that is Ryder’s hope. In addition to the Black Friday deals, the shop is also rolling out a new product this season where kids can build their own trading cards.
“The first copy is completely free, no strings attached, on the house, they are going to come in and we’re take their picture, they can pick their position, what sport they want to play, what number they want,” explained Ryder, who says the cards will be produced by Falconer Printing. “A package of five is $20, so super affordable to get five pictures taken, professionally done, and to give out at Christmas.”
In addition to the sales on sports cards and fan gear, a lot of Pokémon products will be on sale.
Those who can’t make it to the Black Friday or Small Business Saturday sales can still shop throughout the holiday season, in fact, Ryder is expanding hours.
The shop is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., and is open noon to 5 p.m. on weekends.