MUSCATINE, Iowa–As a family that loves games, Kory and Amanda Costello wanted to share their passion with others in Muscatine. “Like a lot of people that live around Muscatine, we had to travel to Iowa City or Davenport to get the selection we wanted,” Kory Costello shared: “We had a clear goal when my wife and I talked about opening the store. Ideally, the store would be geared to the families that love board games, the eclectic collectors, the newbies, and the seasoned trading card game players.”
After the online store they started from their basement in January took off, the Costellos started planning to open a bring and mortar location to allow people to browse their wares in person, and to enjoy a variety of special events. On July 7, the Remis Arcane Exchange opened at 810 Park Avenue, Suite 14 in Muscatine, located inside the Lincoln Center. Named to honor the Costellos’ youngest daughter and permanent employee of the month, Remi, and to give a pleasing mystique to the selling going on there, the Remis Arcane Exchange welcomes gamers of all stripes to see what they have to offer.
A true one stop shop for game lovers, the Remis Arcane Exchange carries a wide selection of games and related supplies to satisfy all tastes. Those who enjoy board games can find ones suitable for a variety of age groups, from classics like the Settlers of Catan, to cooperative games like Mysterium, and everything in between. For those who like a good roleplay game, the Remis Arcane Exchange has both new and reprinted Dungeons & Dragons books as well as some miniatures, dice sets, and other add-ons for a more immersive experience. Trading card enthusiasts can come out to the store to add to their collections of Flesh and Blood, Magic, Meta Zoo, My Hero Academia, Pokemon, and Yu-gi-oh cards, and browse more than 40,000 singles using either their in store kiosk or website. “Our goal is to keep in stock a little bit of everything for collectors, hobbyists, families, and gamers,” Kory Costello said.
Because games work better with a group, Remis Arcane Exchange hosts many events. Card collectors can try out newer games on Tuesday evenings. If enough people express interest, the store will open up specially on Wednesday evenings for Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. Soon, Friday night Magic tournaments will start up. On Saturdays, people can enjoy some free play with Remis Arcane Exchange’s game library, and on Sundays, board game players can come out and see demonstrations of new and popular games.
Though the Remis Arcane Exchange has only just made its in person debut, Kory Costello reported that even in its first few weeks he most enjoys, “interacting with the community of gamers.”
To help reach even more people in Muscatine and bring them together through the fun of playing a good game, the Costello’s joined the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “We love Muscatine and want the store to be a part of the community,” Kory Costello emphasized.