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March 14, 2019
Meet Comics and Stuff
Comics & Stuff is the fulfillment of a life-long dream for owner, Peter Sanders. He’s been an avid comic book reader ever since he convinced his mom to buy him his first three-pack for a long bus trip, and he always dreamed of one day opening his own comic book shop.
Opening a small business may seem the equivalent of an epic superhero versus villain battle to some, but Sanders knew from the outset that it would take a lot to become a small business owner and was prepared.
“It’s a labor of love, you really have to have a passion for it,” Sanders said.
He found local mentors. He sought out small businesses that had failed and those that had succeeded to learn from. He considered businesses both from within and outside the comic book industry. Then, he made his plans, took the leap and hasn’t looked back.
Two years ago, he had finally saved up enough money, had cultivated a supportive community and was ready to launch his business.
You name it, he’s read it. From his first three-pack, to a trunk full, to a room full and ultimately his own shop, Sanders lives and breathes comic books.
And he really wants to get to know what his shop visitors are interested in, too. He truly enjoys sharing the comic world with his customers and it’s important to Sanders to learn what and why his customers are collecting, and make sure he has what they are looking for in his shop.
A driving force behind the shop for Sanders is “to be everything you want to see in a comic book shop.” He is building a local comic community through his shop, regularly introducing collectors and readers with similar interests.
Facing the reality of competition from online comic outlets, Sanders knows those coming to his shop are looking for a unique experience. With his comic knowledge, extensive inventory of new and older comics and subscription services, he is offering just that. During a trip to Comics & Stuff you may find yourself reliving a special memory from childhood, and that makes it all worth it for Sanders.
A key way he keeps his business growing and thriving is his good attitude and finding people who care about the shop as much as he does.
“One day I hope to be surrounded by enough of the right people that I can just be in the shop talking to customers and driving their experience,” Sanders said.
Sanders has found the Tampa Bay area to be very receptive to small business and entrepreneurship. With his can-do attitude and love of comic books, he has already outgrown his first location and moved into the shop where he is today. The larger location allows him to offer a greater variety of books and collectibles at a range of prices.
Looking for your one-stop comic book shop? Look no further than Comics & Stuff. Check out the Peddlers of Picture Books at their Tampa location.
How to Find Your Routing & Account Numbers
When you make a payment online, by phone or on a mobile device, you may be asked for our routing number and your checking account number. Credit unions and banks use these numbers to identify accounts and make sure money gets where it’s supposed to be. You’ll also need to provide your routing and checking account numbers for:
- Direct deposits
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Where to Find Your Routing & Checking Account Numbers
Your personal checks include both our routing number and your account number, as shown on the Grow check example below.
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Visit any Grow store and ask for a Direct Deposit Form. It lists both your routing number and checking account number.
Making a Loan Payment
When it comes to making payments, we try to make it as painless as possible to pay your loan every month. We have several different ways to pay, including convenient online options.
You have two ways to pay online by transferring funds from another bank or credit union.
- Grow Online Banking (Preferred payment method for any loan)
This is the simplest way to pay your loan. You can make one-time payments or set up automatic recurring payments in Grow Online Banking. Once you log in, select “Transfer/Payments” from the menu. If you’re not enrolled in Grow Online Banking yet, you can set up your account in just a few minutes.
- Debit Card or ACH (Available for auto, personal and home equity loans and HELOCs)
Note: ACH and debit card payments are not available for credit cards or most mortgages, except HELOCs.
We accept ACH payments with no additional fees or Mastercard® and Visa® debit cards with a convenience fee of $4.95. To get started with an online ACH or debit card payment, select Pay Now below.
Pay by Mail
You can also pay any Grow loan by check through the mail. Please remember to include your account number and Grow loan number on the check. (For credit card payments, please do not write your 16-digit credit card number on the check, which can cause a delay in processing the payment.)
Address for auto, credit card and personal loan payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 75466
Chicago, IL 60675-5466
Address for mortgage and home equity payments:
Grow Financial Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 11733
Newark, NJ 07101-4733