Build the Store Your Community Deserves.
Tabletop gaming is on the rise. If you love games like Catan,, Magic:
The Gathering, or Dungeons & Dragons; like the sound of being your own
boss; and are willing to dive deep into what it takes to build a
successful business, then this is a book for you.
In Friendly Local Game Store, you’ll learn what you need to know to
build a store that doesn’t just sell games, but creates a community
where games are beloved:
*A detailed look at your store’s startup costs, and why starting off
undercapitalized is worse than not starting at all.
*An exploration of your store’s unique value proposition, and why Amazon
will eat your lunch if you don’t have one.
*A sober examination of why you should think twice about hybrid stores
with cafés, coffee shops, or bars.
*Inventory management 101: your open-to-buy budget, turn rate
fundamentals, sales per square foot, and more.
*Running in-store events, hiring and managing employees, and navigating
*But most importantly, how your game store can provide you with a
reliable, middle-class income.
Among this down-to-earth advice, Gary Ray shares the stories of his
years running Black Diamond Games. From the moment he realized he was
going to leave his IT job, to the third-year move necessary for the
store to keep growing, to the time he forced his lender to renegotiate
his mortgage. Even if you don’t want to open a game store, you’ll
appreciate these stories about what it takes.
Do you believe in the power of the friendly local game store? This is
the book for you!