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‘Everything is awesome’ for Shelley couple behind new LEGO store in Ammon

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Gen and Arthur Miner of Shelley are the owners of Bricks & Minifigs, a new LEGO store opening at 3160 East 17th Street in Ammon early next year. They’re standing in front of Arthur’s collection of LEGO Christmas displays in their home. Take a look in the video above. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

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Shelley couple opening Bricks & Minifigs LEGO store in Ammon

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Gen Miner talking about her new LEGO store during an interview with EastIdahoNews.com. The houses on the shelf behind her are all made from LEGO. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

SHELLEY – As Gen and Arthur Miner anticipate the opening of their new business in Ammon, they say, “Everything is awesome.”

The Shelley couple are the owners of Bricks & Minifigs, a new LEGO store opening at 3160 East 17th Street in early 2024.

The business is focused on buying, selling and trading new and used LEGO. It’s the franchise’s first location in eastern Idaho.

“We actually take LEGO we bring in and we clean it up and put it together before putting it on the shelf for you to buy,” Gen tells EastIdahoNews.com. “We also offer something called certified used sets where we count every single piece and make sure it’s all there so you can start over and build it like it’s brand new.”

Space will be available for birthday parties or special LEGO-themed events. It can also be used for corporate workshops, mini retreats and team-building activities.

The store is a dream project for Arthur, who’s collected LEGO since he was a kid. Many of his favorite sets are on display in their home. Take a look in the video above.

Arthur’s mom worked in a toy store when he was a boy. She’d often bring home LEGO sets for him after a long night of work, and that’s how it all started for him.

That love of building things out of LEGO led to his initial career in masonry.

“It transferred into real life. I was laying block and brick, building houses,” Arthur says.

Five years into it, the recession happened, and Arthur found himself out of a job. An insurance job came up, and he jumped on it. He’s been doing it for 13 years now.

Through all of that, his love for LEGO remained.

Gen quickly became aware of Arthur’s passion when they first met.

“I was never a fan of LEGO until I met Arthur. He bought me an architecture LEGO set and I thought this was pretty interesting because he was really into it,” she says. “All he ever wanted for any holiday (gift) was a LEGO set. Over the course of 15 years, we accumulated a lot of LEGO.”

Despite working in a field he wasn’t passionate about, they were making a good living, and life was good.

Still, Arthur’s LEGO collection continued to grow.

When Arthur turned 40 last year, Gen knew it was time for a change.

“Our midlife crisis was deciding we wanted to open a store to sell Arthur’s LEGO. We know there’s a really great brand out there called Bricks & Minifigs. We looked into it and found a spot in (Ammon) that was available,” says Gen.

The Miners are looking forward to sharing that love with likeminded people and providing a fun service to the community.

“We’re really grateful and excited for the opportunity to … give people exposure to something that a lot of people love. We hope you’ll come visit us,” she says.

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Recent photo of Arthur and Finn playing with LEGO. | Courtesy Gen Minter


‘Stuff the Trailer’ food drive returns for sixth year

ASHTON — Fall River Electric Cooperative is hosting its sixth annual holiday food drive called “Stuff the Trailer” through Dec. 21.

It’s happening at local grocery stores and will benefit food banks in Rexburg, Ashton, Driggs and West Yellowstone. Nonperishable food items like pasta, cereal, canned fruit and other canned goods are needed.

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Local high school senior classes are being invited to participate for the first time. The class who collects the most food will be awarded $1,000 for any worthwhile school project.

Fall River Electric is also inviting local businesses to donate food or money to buy what the local food banks need. To help, call Fall River Electric at (800) 632-5726.


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