Best Pop-Culture Store: The Nerdporium

3853 Falls Road, (240) 743-9685,

Walking into The Nerdporium, tucked into a brightly colored Hampden retail space that used to be home to Black Mess records, is a bit like going into the coolest dork you know’s well-organized basement lair. Action figures, sci-fi and Simpsons ephemera, and comic-book back issues all compete for space with vast amounts of retro video games and consoles and people playing Magic: the Gathering. There’s an almost daunting amount of stuff to look at for such a “cozy” space, but the pleasant staff is always helpful and it helps that they are also forever running giveaways and organizing gaming tournaments and play nights.

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