With a nearly 50-year history, video games pique the interest of players of nearly all ages. From lifelong, avid collectors to fresh faces looking to start a new hobby, Vancouver’s Double Jump Video Games strives to be a one-stop shop for all things nerdy.
Co-owner Cooper Bates has been into retro game and movie trading since 2010, getting his start running a fully virtual store on eBay and Amazon.
“My dream was always to one day open my own physical storefront,” Bates said. “Once I had made enough money with a more traditional career, I decided there was no reason to wait when I was already renting an office space to work on my online businesses.”
This dream wouldn’t be possible without the help of Bates’ player two, Abbey Cockreham. Partners in life as well as business, Bates and Cockreham are the perfect combo.
Cockreham acts as the store manager in addition to being a co-owner. She takes on the more front-facing position, working with customers and managing the sales floor. Bates focuses on controlling stock and inventory, as well as running the website and managing online sales.
They said the decision to open a shop at 700 S.E. Chkalov Drive was a no-brainer. Vancouver is Bates’ hometown, and he has a deep love for the city’s unique culture. Being in close proximity to Portland helps get merchandise on the floor faster, as well as making online sales and trades more convenient.
“We took a leap on Double Jump and it’s been great ever since,” Bates said.
In addition to running the store, Bates and his team also operate a YouTube channel where they post behinds-the-scenes looks at what’s going on in the store, special event giveaways, and other fun features for viewers and customers to enjoy.
As much fun as working in the world of gaming can be, running a business isn’t all fun and games.
“It’s basically 24/7 work for us,” Bates said. “Even at home, we reply to emails, shop for inventory online, edit and upload videos to our social media, moderate our Facebook group, and anything else needed to run the business.”
Bates said some of the best things about being in business are interacting with their regulars and helping customers find rare and exciting items. Retro media and video games have been a lifelong passion for both Bates and Cockreham, and being able to share that passion with others makes their work all the more rewarding.
“The most important thing to know about us and our business is that we are normal people,” Bates said. “We just happen to try our hardest to have the best store possible. It takes a ton of work every day, but it’s worth it. The whole team here at Double Jump care very much about our customers, our store and our community.”
For those interested in getting involved with all Double Jump Video Games has to offer, stop by the store, or visit the store’s website at doublejumpvideogames.com.