We usually post a preview on Fridays and a poll on Mondays, and obviously we missed the last one of each. We’ve been super-busy, and obviously getting the store open takes priority over web updates.
So instead of the usual fare, I’m going to get you up to speed on the latest happenings.
The biggest push is getting the physical space ready to go. The demolition is done, and right now the electrician is hard at work. We’re working closely with him on where we’ll need power. Rest assured, there will be ample outlets around the tables for laptops.
Soon we’ll get the plumber, A/C guy, and coax guy in. After they’re done, insulation, drywall and flooring. After that, “Volunteer Work Day 2: Not So Much Work, Actually” commences. We’ll do our own painting, build gaming tables, assemble shelving, and do a few other odd jobs. As long as you can paint or even hand out drinks you can come pitch in. It’ll be awesome.
The contractors are still the fuzzy part. Considering September is nearly upon us, we’re going to bump back the target opening date to early October. Late September’s not impossible, but it’s probably unrealistic. I’d rather come back later and say we’re opening in September after all than push it back later.
We’re slowly acquiring fixtures and signing contracts for things like credit card processing. Allie’s been busy getting our finances set up and researching harder than a half-insane Cthulu investigator. I’ve been working on designs for bumper stickers, t-shirts, and even a fresh website. Two words: lens flare. (Just kidding.)
Oh, and there’s a banner over the door now, so it’s easier to spot. More signage to come.
Around the time of Volunteer Work Day 2, we’ll be able to flesh out ongoing event schedules and set an exact opening date. We’ll also take pre-orders (since we’ll have somewhere to store them).
The Near Future
Expect communications from our end to slow down in September. There’s a lot to do, and besides working tirelessly to get open we’re also trying to make time for our 3 year-old daughter. Allie’s also phasing out of her “real” job with a bunch of Presbyterians (including Project Homecoming). We should be able to get a forum going here soon, so you guys can pick the topics.
Otherwise, it’s all about getting the store open. If you want to help and haven’t signed up, email email@example.com and get on our pre-open email list. Whenever there’s a chance to pitch in, that’s how we ask.
We’ll keep you updated.