Salem's Haven needs a hand
FOR the past two years, the youth of Coffs Harbour have found refuge in Samuel Williams' shop, but this could be taken away from them as soon as October this year.
Salem Ubertek Computing, a shop specialising in gaming, collectables and tournaments, has become popular with local kids and teenagers, however the shop is in danger of closing if Mr Williams cannot find a bigger shop when the lease runs out in October.
"My business has grown too big for the location that I am in.
"I require larger premises, however the problem is that a larger premises costs more money and finding a location that is fitting without it breaking the bank has been rather difficult and I feel is only going to get harder," Mr Williams said.
The shop is not only a place for kids to have fun, but a sanctuary for lonely kids who need a friend.
"A customer of mine actually told me the other week that if it was not for me and my store, he wouldn't be with us.
"The boy said to me, flat out, that I saved his life, and something like that, when said to you, sticks with you. "It lets you know you're doing something right and good.
"This is why I want to continue my business in Coffs Harbour and why Coffs Harbour needs my business to continue."
Mr Williams is the official tournament organiser and runs weekly Magic the Gathering and Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments as well as Dungeons and Dragons role-playing events.
To contact Samuel Williams, phone 6652 5479, or stop by to visit the shop at Shop 6/36 Harbour Dr.