The second-highest voted important thing was staying open late. For this week’s preview, I thought we’d talk about store hours, and touch on scheduling and events. It’s not set in stone yet, but this will let you know our current plans and where our priorities are. So first up:
Store Hours (Probably)
|Tuesday – Thursday||Noon – 10 pm|
|Friday||Noon – Midnight|
|Saturday||10 am – Midnight|
|Sunday||10 am – 10 pm|
Our current plan is pretty simple. On weekdays we open at Noon. On Friday and Saturday we close at Midnight. We’re closed Monday so Allie and I can do planning, paperwork, and family stuff (and sleep!). Once we’re comfortable enough to consider an employee, that Monday part might change.
When it’s closing time we really will be closing. We’ll probably let you finish your last round or two, but we’re talking the under-half-an-hour range of staying open late here. That said, if it turns out a bunch of folks want to keep buying stuff and gaming ’til 2 am on Saturday, we’re willing to experiment.
Our Regularly Scheduled Program
We’re looking at outlining the week so each day focuses on a particular kind of game. On weekdays, it’d really just be for the evenings. Weekends will usually have more than one slot. Here’s a quick breakdown:
|Wednesday||D&D Encounters, D&D Minis|
|Thursday||TBD (CCGs? RPGs?)|
|Friday||Friday Night Magic|
|Saturday||Minis, open (usually non-weekly tournaments)|
|Sunday||Yu-Gi-Oh!, open night|
I want to stress this is tentative. I fully expect some shifting once it’s reality-tested with your schedules and preferences. Our goal is to give you clear times when you can find people who play your games. You’re totally free to play something else on those days; just know a big section of the gaming space will be set aside for whatever the game of the day is.
We Interrupt You For This Special Bulletin
We are all about some special events, be they tournaments, pre-release parties, movie or music nights, or storm trooper-themed discotechs. Saturdays and Sundays are intentionally sparse on regular planning to make room for that stuff. Allie would really like to do various “geek cultural events” on Sunday nights.
We’ll always push for lots of notice (minimum two weeks kind of notice). Most of the events will be monthly tournaments that are planned out well ahead of time. There’s usually an organizer or three for more popular games like Warhammer or Warmachine, who will stay on top of their schedules. If you’re an organizer, talk to us about your needs and we’ll be glad to work something out.
Can’t Stop the Signal
You’ve probably noticed our (sparse) calendar on the website already. That will always be kept up to date. There will also be a large wall calendar in the store. Lastly, we’ll use the email list and Facebook events to publicize special events. We’ll keep it very easy to stay on top of things, while trying our best not to harass you with events you don’t care about.
How does it look to you?
Are the hours late enough? Early enough?
Is your kind of game on the right day?
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