Pictured are a few of the vintage video game arcade machines available to use at The Retro Rocket in Wellston. (Telegram Photo by Trevor Bailey)
Pictured are a few of the vintage video game arcade machines available to use at The Retro Rocket in Wellston. (Telegram Photo by Trevor Bailey)

The Retro Rocket, a pop culture store based in Wellston, has recently moved its business to a new location downtown.

The store, which cultivates retro merchandise and gear from the modern era, officially reopened Wednesday, Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. after starting its holiday hiatus on Wednesday, Dec. 22. The shop, which is now located at 18 S. Ohio Ave. in Wellston has a variety of pop culture merchandise, ranging from old and new video games and consoles, to trading cards, figurines, and other collectibles.

The Retro Rocket is operated by the husband-and-wife duo of Nick and Quincy Kincaid, both Wellston locals who are passionate about collectors' items and vintage merchandise. In a previous interview with The Telegram, when asked about their reasoning for opening the store, Quincy asked, “I mean, who hasn’t grown up playing video games?”

“This is the kind of store we visit when we go places,” Nick continued in an interview with The Telegram just days prior to the store’s grand opening on Saturday, June 6, 2020. “I was always a collector. I’ve enjoyed this since I was a child, it’s just evolved over the years. It started out when I was a kid when I’d collect metal coin banks. It runs in my family, too. My two siblings and my dad, they’re all collectors. So, it’s kind of neat to have a place that people like, and they can come into and enjoy like we always did. It’s a good feeling.”

More information on The Retro Rocket can be found on the store's Facebook page, where the Kincaids constantly update shoppers on their stock and hours. The store is currently open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.