I completely agree that FLGSes need to become "destination" stores. Just hoping for walk-by business at the mall isn't enough to keep you in business. You need to be a place where people plan to visit specifically.
Your points about community are spot-on as well. In addition to reaching out to existing gamers, they should become gaming ambassadors and try to teach people about the exciting games that are out there. Holding family game days and setting up shop at local fairs and events would be a great way to do that.
*sigh* I don't suppose there are any venture angels on the list? :)
On 8/6/07, David Artman <
In closing, the FLGS can survive the Internet so long as it works with
the Internet while still providing a strong reason to leave the house to
buy. The FLGS needs to become an attractive destination that encourages
folks to stay for hours, not merely a (inconvenient) marketplace.