Allen and Kat Blaz’s home is filled with Lego. The construction toys have so overrun Allen’s office that it looks like a playroom.
So, it was a logical move for them to sign on to open a Bricks & Minifigs shop in the North Valley. Slated to open in early September, Bricks & Minifigs is expected to move into the Norterra area. The exact location will be announced soon.
“My husband is really big into Lego,” Kat said. “When we were visiting my brother, Allen went to a Bricks & Minifigs in Albuquerque, and he thought it was really cool. Who knew there was a store you could go to that had retired and used sets, new sets and everything you need to collect Lego?”
The couple and their two children have since visited the Bricks & Minifigs in Avondale.
“In February, he approached me and said, ‘What do you think?’” Kat recalled. “I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ I’ve always liked the idea of owning my own business. It’s something we’re both so passionate about.”
Bricks & Minifigs was founded in 2009 as a one-stop shop for all-things Lego with a buy, sell, trade model.
“You can sell or trade old Lego,” she said. “It’s nice for families whose home is very full to Lego to bring Lego to Bricks & Minifigs. They can negotiate with kids. ‘Take this in and get a new set.’ We’ll offer cash to buy Lego or we offer store credit.”
The namesake of the store is the collectible minifigures, the poseable characters that come in sets or in individual packets. The minifigures found in sets are sold individually at Bricks & Minifig stores. Bricks are available in bulk, too.
“If you have a set and you’re missing one or two pieces of it, you can buy the pieces to complete it,” Kat said. “There are other stores out there that sell Lego or Mega Bloks. Ours is strictly a Lego storefront.”
A horseback riding teacher, Kat is excited that her and Allen’s Bricks & Minifigs will have a birthday party space, something that is lacking in the Norterra area.
“There’s a huge need for that and camps,” she said. “We are going to do both. We’ll have camps during the summer and possibly during the breaks, but birthday parties are a part of the store.
“What’s really great is the Lego product itself. It’s creative and educational that attracts all ages and interests. It’s a common ground for people. It brings families together and gets kids off of screens, which is super important, especially during the pandemic. It’s something you never grow out of.”