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Tommy Amaya, right, looks over some collectible cards with customer Benjamin Perez on Saturday at the newly opened Amaya Bros. Comics. (Photo: Tyler Motes)

Cambridge became home to a new comics and memorabilia shop, Amaya Bros. Comics, Aug. 1. The store, at 357 Cambridge St., East Cambridge, offers comics, sports memorabilia, figurines and a variety of other collectibles.

The Amaya Brothers, Nery and Tommy, are Cambridge natives who have been into comics and other collectibles since they were kids. The idea for the store, they said Sunday, grew from an Instagram account begun in 2018. “We’re excited to bring a hobby store to [our] hometown and make new connections with our local supporters,” the pair said of the store’s opening in a statement.

A Predator stands out among figurines on display at Amaya Bros. Comics in East Cambridge. (Photo: Tyler Motes)

The City Council shouted out Amaya Bros. in an Aug. 2 congratulatory resolution on the opening of the store, but aren’t the only folks taking notice. The store’s first trading card night on Friday drew a sizable crowd, suggesting the store may develop into a local favorite.

Amaya Bros. joins Harvard Square’s The Million Year Picnic and New England Comics, Comicazi in Somerville’s Davis Square and two Newbury Comics outposts – in Harvard Square and in the CambridgeSide mall, not far from Amaya Bros. Comics.

Hub Comics, in Somerville’s Union Square at 19 Bow St., is expected to reopen by late this week after a full renovation.

Update on Aug. 26, 2021: Hub Comics said it reopened Wednesday with its normal business hours.

Comic enthusiast Tim Finn founded Hub Comics in January 2008. It closed for coronavirus safety March 19, 2020, transitioning to curbside pickups for its subscribers. Finn also decided to use the Covid shutdowns as an opportunity for renovations.

Hub Comics owner Tim Finn shows off new shelving in a Sunday video update on store renovations.

Finn has kept customers updated with weekly YouTube videos and blog posts since July, explaining the updated floor plan with new shelvers, counters, registers and furniture. A reopening awaits some final installations, staff said Wednesday.

The opening date could yet be pushed back, they warned, but customers can continue ordering shipments and books by phone with custom pickup dates. Finn has continued to get weekly new orders and collections – all now stocked in his home, but soon to return to a refurbished store, he said.