2nd Player Video Games

Retro video game store that also carries anime merch!

Anime Paradaisu

Anime Paradaisu is the only anime shop in Raleigh, NC! We have a wide variety of anime, manga, cosplay props and accessories, Japanese snacks and drinks, and general anime merch!

B.B.s Collectibles

art, action figures, board games, cards, comics, statues.

Brianne Sew Crafy

Thread art custom designed per convention embroidered pillows


Traveling to over 40 Cons a year, Brix-n-Clix brings cool Anime & Pop Culture Swag!

crafty little g33k

A delightful mix of everyday fandom flair. You will find g33ktasitc, handmade jewelry of a variety of materials (bead, cross-stitch, clay, resin, charm, and terrarium), custom character hats, custom artwork and buttons galore! Now featuring the option to create your own custom button at the convention!

Fandom Gear Crochet

Get your Fandom Gear at Fandom Gear Crochet..toys, plushies & cosplay accessories, from Star Wars, Pokemon, TMNT, Doctor Who & more!

Golden Elixir Enterprises, LLC

Golden Elixir Enterprises, LLC presents: House Guests From Hell an original board game. Put your creativity to the test by ousting that pesky guest!

Kimono USA

Kimono USA sells wearable collectible art - vintage and new, men and women's kimono

Kitty in the Box

Kitty in the Box has been a part of AARC since 2016 and is excited to return for 2018. We're bringing a unique collection of Asiaphile and Anime goods including many Japanese game room exclusive items and products made exclusively for us. Find it affordable, find it unique, find it at Kitty in the Box. Stay Curious.

Moon Cat Crafts

Whimsical to Beauty and everything in between. Moon Cat Crafts offers a hodge podge of items to cater to every need!

My Crafting Gene

We are a small business that started with making miniature origami shapes and turning them into jewelry. Now it is our goal to expand our business incorporating other features into our jewelry designs.

Otaku Republic

Offering the anime and gaming goods you didn't know you wanted. Also home to Onii-Chan's Hentai Room that allows you to peruse you pleasures in privacy ;)

Red Finds Games

We're back for our second year with a fresh batch of video games, consoles, plush and collectables!

Rock U Otaku

We carry a wide variety of items spanning many areas of Anime and Japanese Culture. We focus on carrying hard to find Japanese Imports, and Japanese candy.

The Deck Box

Established in 2008 in the wilds of Henderson County (that lawless land just south of Asheville), The Deck Box has been a beacon of gaming hope for nerds of all walks of life for the past 10 years! Whether you are a hardcore Magic player, a casual Board Game aficionado, or part of a weekly Dungeons & Dragons group, we have your game stocked, and may just have that card/game/book that you were looking for! So what are you waiting for? Swing by and see why we have been Redefining the Gaming experience for the last decade!


The STAR BOX is the original convention mystery box and has been sold at over 1000 events since 2000.

Tokyo Toybox

We are from Asheville, NC! 100% Licensed anime, video game, and pop culture merchandise such as: plush, lanyards, figures ($15 & under), keychains, grab boxes ($5 & $25 options), phone charms, pillows, Japanese snacks, and other fun stuff!

Two Week Ink

Spraying temporary ink airbrush tattoos featuring your favorite comic book characters and various other designs! シ