Jordan, Minn. arcade also mentors kids
A business in Jordan, Minn. is drawing a lot of kids' and parents' attention, and it's the only place in town full of comic books, toys, and video games. The owners, however, say they're using all of it to mentor and teach kids important life skills.
Two years ago, Beau Jorgensen and some investors started Zap Arcade inside an empty bank building on Broadway Street. It turned into such a hit, they expanded to an old dentist office next door and convinced Hot Comics to set up shop.
For Jorgensen, it isn't just about the money, it's about reaching the kids.
"You got single parent homes, you got no parent homes, foster kids. You got kids who are definitely a product of drugs," he said.
The kids continue to come through his doors, along with the kids who just need something to do. Among them, a 15-year-old taught to man the cash register, and a 12-year-old with Asperger's learning how to fix game consoles and tidy up shop.
Watch the video for an inside look at Zap Arcade.