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WORTHINGTON -- The name, Boredom Buster Hobbies, leaves room for a lot of possibilities. That's exactly why Jason Dobrenski chose it when he decided to open a new enterprise in Worthington's Northland Mall.

"The name was a hard thing to come up with," he explained. "We had six different possibilities and finally chose this one. Hobbies is a little vague, but it leaves room for more stuff."

Boredom Buster Hobbies, located across the hall from the movie theater in the mall, is currently home to a plethora of merchandise, much of it related to video gaming, although Dobrenski also stocks DVD and VHS movies and CDs.

"The main thing is video games," he said. "We carry all the classics and new stuff, along with some accessories."

Dobrenski operates the store along with his girlfriend, Shawn Denison, and the two currently commute daily from Marshall. They chose Worthington because they saw a need in the community and no existing competition.

The enterprise reflects Dobrenski's own interests and offered him a chance to be his own boss.

"I've always enjoyed everything we sell here, I guess," he offered.

Boredom Buster Hobbies is a "buy-sell-trade" operation, dealing mainly in used video games and equipment, although Dobrenski eventually hopes to offer a selection of new items, too.

"We clean all the games, take out the scratches, and we test the systems out" to make sure they are in good working order, he stressed. "I do bring in new accessories, cables, that kind of thing, and we have some new, after-market Nintendo systems."

Although they carry as many of the gaming systems as possible, the Nintendo items seem to be a specialty.

"People are always pretty impressed with our Nintendo selection," Dobrenski said.

Since Boredom Buster Hobbies opened, Dobrenski and Denison have noted a nostalgic tendency locally.

"Oddly enough, it's kind of a classic gaming community," Dobrenski said, adding that Super Mario seems to be a favorite. "People always love Mario."

Dobrenski has also displayed, and is reluctantly willing to part with, some movie collectibles, like action figures from classics such as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." That's an area he'd really like to expand.

"In the future, I'd like to carry a lot of action figures, movie-themed ones," he said, also expressing an interest in greatly expanding the store's selection of movie titles. "I've always bought a lot of movies, and I still buy a lot of them. Now it's for a purpose."

So far, Dobrenski and Denison have been pleased with the local reaction to their business, and they hope more people will check out what they have to offer at Boredom Buster Hobbies.

"The best thing about having a store like this, is there's always something to do," said Dobrenski, looking around at the large selection of games.

Boredom Buster Hobbies is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sunday.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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