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There’s a reason new UP retailer is called the Superhero Shoppe

New store in University Place has special purpose

Superhero Shoppe's proceeds go to helping those survivors of brain injury in Washington state. The store's items for sale include superhero branded goodies and handmade greeting cards and crafts.
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Superhero Shoppe's proceeds go to helping those survivors of brain injury in Washington state. The store's items for sale include superhero branded goodies and handmade greeting cards and crafts.

There's a new store in University Place, and if you have kids, this might become their new favorite place.

The Superhero Shoppe, which opened in June with a soft launch, is at 2607 Bridgeport Way W., suite No. 1H, in an office complex across from the Harbor Greens market.

The store sells superhero-themed merchandise created by local brain injury survivors.

It was set up by the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST). Founded in 2008, the nonprofit organization features leaders and services "built by and for brain injury survivors and their families," according to the group.

“The Superhero Shoppe will offer a fun and unique community resource for all things superhero, while also honoring and supporting the real-life superheroes of the Washington state brain injury community and their families,” BEST Executive Director, Gloria Kraegel, said in a news release.

Proceeds from shop sales go to par for activities, resources and educational opportunities at BEST for brain injury survivors.

You can find superhero-branded items (totes, school supplies, toys, knickknacks) and handmade greeting cards and crafts from Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity. That business is owned by Diane Rasch, also a brain injury survivor, artist and small business owner with a studio adjacent to the Superhero Shoppe.

Prices range from under a dollar for erasers to $49.99 for a BEST Identity kit, which includes a craft kit, identity and strengths workbook and inspirational materials in a "treasure chest." A superhero party kit for just under $40 includes plates, flatware, cups, tablecloth, guest gifts and table decorations.

Other items for sale include sunglasses ($2) and totes ($5 or free with purchase of $25 or more)

And yes, there will be capes. Costumes are set to be added in early fall, so you can plan your Halloween accordingly.

The shop is staffed by volunteers and is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Thursdays. Hours might vary, based on volunteers' availability.

For more information, call 877-719-2378 or email admin@brainenergysupportteam.org. More information about services offered by BEST can be found at brainenergysupportteam.org.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell
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