I'm sure this has been brought up on the forum before, but just because it's been on my mind recently..
Does anyone live near any really great FLGS? The ones around me are okay in terms of stocking games and (in pre covid times) providing an area to play games, but I think they largely fail to be "friendly." Usually the only time anyone ever speaks to you is if you approach them with a question.
I bring this up because over the weekend, my fiance and I did some traveling and went into 3 game stores. One of them was similar to ours back home - large selection of games but the staff barely even noticed us. Another was a really great board game cafe that had an enormous selection of games to play. Add to that a friendly staff more than willing to help suggest games based on our interests and of course boozy milkshakes which is always a plus. The last one just had a very inviting atmosphere and the staff was so nice, I wound up purchasing something just to support them. I really wish places like the last 2 stores existed around me! The cafe in particular I could see myself frequenting all the time if I lived closer.
How are the game stores near everyone else?