Miamisburg native details renovations to create space for new downtown comic book/coffee shop

Adam Remillard stands in front of this new storefront in Miamisburg for Monocle Comics & Coffee. This is the building’s first storefront tenant in 25 years. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
Adam Remillard stands in front of this new storefront in Miamisburg for Monocle Comics & Coffee. This is the building’s first storefront tenant in 25 years. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

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A downtown Miamisburg storefront’s first tenant in nearly 25 years will combine a pop culture favorite with one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Monocle Comics & Coffee expects to open at 22 S. Main St. in January, according to owner Adam Remillard, who purchased the building in March.

Although it will sell comic books, accessories and apparel, it will strive to be more than just a retail shop, Remillard said.

“The goal is not just to build a place for people to pick up their latest comics, but to offer more of a welcoming environment where customers want to hang out, drink coffee and enjoy the purchases they make in the shop,” he said.

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Monocle Comics & Coffee plans to include seating and a lounge area where it will show comic book and pop-culture themed movies, television and videos for customers to enjoy while in the store. It also plans to offer events, signings and activities for younger children.

The business will use “the highest quality beans,” sourcing from a Cincinnati-based specialty roaster to offer fresh, made-to-order gourmet coffee in the store.

Remillard, of Monroe, said he grew up in Miamisburg and that his wife Erin and he “have always loved the city’s historic downtown area.”

“The city has done an amazing job at building up that area and we felt it was the perfect location to open our shop,” he said.

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The couple had been been looking at a few different buildings on South Main Street before purchasing the property, Remillard said.

“We knew that we wanted a building with both a retail storefront, and one that also had apartments we could rent out above the shop,” he said. “This building came available and we felt it checked all the boxes we were looking for.”

Remillard said the building was “basically a shell” when he purchased.

“Everything was torn out, and there was no plumbing, electric or HVAC,” he said. “We’re currently in the process of renovating.

The new business tentatively plans to open with a staff of five employees: two full-time and three part-time.

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Miamisburg City Council at its most recent meeting approved a $5,000 retail incentive grant for Remillard to help offset inventory costs.

Katie Frank, the city’s community development director, said the committee that processes applications for such grants determined the store would be “a unique draw” to Miamisburg’s downtown.