Valley Graduate Uses His Final Year To Start A Retro Gaming Business | Local
Between virtual lessons, wrestling season, and, by the way, going to the state championships this year, Crescent Valley High School senior Daniel Kontra has done something even more incredible than just graduating from college. secondary: he created a business.
Kontraband Retro Games, which now occupies space at Madison Plaza in downtown Corvallis, is an brainchild of Kontra after deciding he was just too crazy to spend his final year of school at home while he waited. the end of the pandemic.
Her already light school load in her final year, coupled with the ability to study remotely, allowed Kontra to grow her business in her spare time. While some saw the pandemic as an obstacle, he saw it as an opportunity.
“I was just losing my mind and thought it would be a really good thing to do,” he said. “It was a bit difficult, but I got help. I had my mother and a few friends. We have just been eaten away little by little.
He was also helped by his owner, Hugh White, who offered a Kontra space in the city center at a reasonable price without the need for a one-year lease or an initial security deposit. Kontra, 18, was successful enough to move past her first 300-square-foot storefront in the plaza and move to a larger space in the same building.
Kontraband’s business model centers on people bringing in their old games and consoles, which Kontra can then refurbish or resell for a profit. Customers bring back their old games for store credit, which they can apply to in-store purchases. This helped him quickly develop an inventory of old games and memorabilia.