WESLEY CHAPEL — When Adam Smyk used to come home from deployment, he enjoyed spending time putting Legos together with his sons.
"It was a way for me to reconnect with them," Smyk said.
Now that he is retired from the Navy, Smyk is carrying on his family's love of Legos with a new business.
Bricks & Minifigs recently opened at the Shops at Wiregrass, making it the first franchise store in Florida.
"We buy, sell, and trade everything Lego," Smyk said.
Before the store officially opened on March 17, a gentleman drove from Ft. Lauderdale to sell his large collection of Lego sets and thousands of Lego bricks. "My best customers are grown ups," said Smyk.
Lego owners who want to sell or trade can bring in their built sets, loose bricks, minifigures, and new, unopened sets still in the box. The store has hundreds of thousands of Legos for customers to browse through. There are bulk bins with loose bricks, full sets, parts of sets, minifigures, and baseplates. Customers can also create their own minifigures.
"The other unique thing we do is that we get a lot of retired sets," Smyk said.
Bricks & Minifigs has a party area that can accommodate up to 15 people. Celebrations and parties can be booked by calling the store.
Bricks & Minifigs is located at the Shops at Wiregrass at 28210 Paseo Drive, #150. It is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (813) 994-7171, or visit facebook.com/BAMtampa.
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