Card shop hopes to be a fun place for geeks to hang
New business Legends of Lore promises Friday tournaments
A new shop in Sandy is trying to become the go-to place for self-proclaimed geeks.
Jonathan Sohriakoff, who has worked at Sandys AEC for two years, recently moved with his wife to Sandy from Gresham to be closer to his job.
Now, Sohriakoff has begun a new endeavor. Every day when he leaves his job at AEC, Sohriakoff walks across the Heritage Square parking lot between Proctor and Pioneer boulevards to his second job: running a card shop.
Legends of Lore, which Sohriakoff recently opened, is a trading card shop. It carries cards for Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!
The card shop celebrated its grand opening Friday, Nov. 8.
An avid Magic: The Gathering player, Sohriakoff noticed the city was lacking a card shop.
Sohriakoff said the nearest shop is in Gresham and he has heard from acquaintances that they dont have the best customer service.
I thought, Well, why not? he said.
Sohriakoff, who refers to himself as a geek not to be confused with a nerd said he is invested in Magic because he loves the game and the people.
He said his new business seems like the perfect job not only does he get to be around the people he likes to associate with, he also gets to share his knowledge of the trading card game.
Ive always wanted to be an entrepreneur, Sohriakoff said. Its better to be my own boss. Well, I guess the customers are my bosses now.
For now, Sohriakoffs business is just starting off.
Were going to see what geek base there is here in town, he said.
So far, Sohriakoff has received a lot of interest.
On Tuesday nights, he hosts a Magic: The Gathering night at Bunsenbrewer, a local science-themed brewery.
With the help of staff over at Bunsenbrewer, on Tuesday nights they will begin offering specialty beers named after Magic characters, Sohriakoff said. For example, he explained that a mixture of one of Bunsenbrewers spicy brews and a dark beer makes up Chandras Nightcap, named for a fire mage character in the Magic game.
Sohriakoff said he also has drawn interest from people wanting to play Dungeons and Dragons at the shop. With the help of a gaming table, complete with a computer monitor mounted underneath, Sohriakoff said he will begin hosting Dungeons and Dragons on Sunday nights.
Im hoping thats a huge attraction, Sohriakoff said.
Legends of Lore is more than just a retail shop; it serves as a place for card game enthusiasts to be among others who love the games. The store has multiple tables set up for playing and sells refreshments at what Sohriakoff said he thinks are reasonable prices.
Im trying to make it a fun place for people to be, Sohriakoff said.Add a comment