It was a match made in Nerdville... Tony and Kristen Laidig (pictured below battling it out with lightsabers in dino suits) got married in the fall of 2016, then opened their first retail store Toy Box Gifts & Wonder in July of 2017.
Having fallen in love with the positive changes happening in Downtown Chambersburg, the Laidigs realized they could complain about having nothing to do in Chambersburg or do something about it. So being mega nerds with a passion for pop culture toys, collectibles, and vintage arcade games, and limited space in their first toy store, they soon began looking for a way to share this love with their local community in a bigger way.
On June 1, 2018, they soft-opened their second retail store Nerdvana Outpost, with the grand opening featuring the reveal of the vintage arcade in October 2018.
Nerdvana's "Friendly Neighborhood NerdCon" experience is much more than a store from the large-scale set feature of a 15' wide Stargate looming to your left when you walk in the door as you're greeted by Star Trek's "door open" sound (Yeah.... We have a geeky doorbell.) to the diorama of Hogwarts stocked full of Harry Potter wands, brooms, and collectibles... to the Secret "Area 47D" military facility... to the Godzilla vs. UFO vs. Cow mural in the game room. Customers describe it as an "epic" experience!
The store features the largest Funko POP! selection in the region, nerdy gifts, geeky housewares, D&D figures and paint supplies, artisan-made prints and collectibles, vintage and highly collectible Star Wars figures and playsets, drones, fun strategy and board games, and a room exclusively for grown-ups with all the snarky gifts you could want.
Stop by any time and check out our demo game cabinet, try out our Games Workshop paints on your miniatures, and pick up a gift for that hard-to-buy-for loved one (and yourself!). We guarantee you'll have a blast!