Pondering a question posed to me in passing the other day by @philryuh regarding my favorite game store.
I've been thinking about that since and pondering the ups and downs of different game stores. In Denton, we have Recycled Books which sells used games and tends to be a great place to find a gem from someone who bought on Kickstarter and never played.
More Fun Comics and Games is my second choice here as they have a decent selection although rarely newer games and often their prices will be up to $20 more than the game would cost on another website.
I've bought games from different online retailers as well. Top Shelf Gamer is one of my favorite retailers (I know they don't sell games) because they add a personal note and their merchandise comes nicely wrapped.
I am not sure there is or should be a perfect game store. I say because I live in Denton and have seen the positive impact of a good niche. We have quite a few brewpubs and beer bottle stores here. One day a new brewpub popped up and had the goal of being the best and putting the other out of business. They had the least expensive beer, did growlers, and crowlers, and sold bottles.
The thing was, most of the other places in Denton communicated and each had its own niche and supported the others.
I say all that to say if I was creating a game store I liked it would be with the niche of buying Kickstarter and newer games and taking a gander at the market when they are delivered to backers. That's the sort of place I wish was out there and haven't found yet.
What are your favorite local game stores?
What would be the perfect game store for you?
If you could design a boardgame superpark, what would that entail?