Carrie has been posting updates on Facebook showing the progress of the building renovations. Our landlord, Lee Properties, LLC, has been working hard trying to balance his timeline, and the safety of workers due to the pandemic.
Our lease does not start until September 1st, or when the city signs off that the space is occupy-able. We were hoping to be able to get some interior finish work done during the month of August, but that is looking less and less likely.
I have been working on the back end getting licenses and permits, Tax Ids, setting up the accounting and payroll systems. Dave and I choose to use LightspeedHQ as our Point of Sale and e-Commerce solution. We’re working now on loading the inventory we have already, and getting the web store set up.
We’ve put in a bid to purchase the inventory and fixtures of a store that is closing up. We hope to learn in a week or so if that bid was successful. If so, it will give us a great start on inventory, and furnishings.
Friends and associates we’ve met over the years are helping out with their professional services, and sage advice. My dear friend Jeffry Pike at Pike Creates to finalize design and promotional imagery. Dave and Carries old friend, John Wrisley, a veteran local game and comic store owner has been giving us sage advice on starting up and management. Lewissa Quinn at Threads of Time has agreed to help create some custom vests for Dave, Carrie and I so we look ‘professional’ behind the counter. Not to mention the private encouragement and support of so many of our friends and family
There is still a lot of work left to do. We need to get the signage planned and approved, we need to order the tables, chairs, shelves, and oh yes… the games!