How many of you have thought about starting a friendly local gaming store? Well, I have a special treat for you today, because I got to chat with Andrew Youngchild, the co-founder of Lost Star Tabletop Gaming Outfitter in Gig Harbor, Washington. He and his sister, Charlie, opened up this very cool store in the heart of Gig Harbor’s shopping district, a year into Covid. We dig into how the store came to be, how things have changed over the years, and Andrew’s hopes for the future. Andrew really dives into a lot of the decisions they had to make, and I really appreciated this genuine look at opening and running a gaming store.
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This episode was edited by Sam Atkinson.
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- 00:00:00 Introduction
- 00:02:27 Andrew Introduction
- 00:07:34 How the game store came to be
- 00:16:07 Deciding on products for your game store
- 00:30:40 The challenges of running a storefront
- 00:32:00 Hosting events and actual plays at the store
- 00:38:10 Marketing
- 00:43:43 Upcoming projects
- 00:46:32 Where can people find you?
- 00:49:12 Wrap-up
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