Purple Narwhal Music & Manga opened in September 2016.

Alice Goldberg-FitzHugh and Will FitzHugh decided to combine their interests in Japanese animation/comics and music into one business.

From September 2016 through May 2019 we were at 822 Rockville Pike. We moved and re-opened at 326-B N. Stonestreet Ave. on July 5th 2019.

We are dedicated to reusing as much existing materials as possible to avoid waste. To that end we stock mostly pre-owned merchandise although we do sell select new products.

Alice has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts of College of Art where she majored in graphic design. She has always been interested in Asian art and architecture and got into Asian animation, television dramas, and comics about five years ago. She grew up in Rockville.

Will has degrees in Math and Computer Science and is a consultant to the biotechnology industry. He grew up in Kensington and shopped at local record stores like Yesterday & Today, Joe's Record Paradise and Vinyl Ink. He has played in several local (and obscure) bands including Closet Cannibals, Visigoths and his current band MEATBOT.