A Community Store
A spotlight on Gnome Games, a Green Bay retailer
Today, we are excited to continue our series of retailer spotlights with Pat Fuge, and his store Gnome Games.
Gnome Games' staff and owner have worked hard to become more than a store to their customers, reaching out to their community with events and exceptional service. Without further ado, Pat Fuge!
Gnome Games Tournament Center
- Monday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
- Friday: 10am - 10pm
- Saturday: 9am - 9pm
- Sunday: Noon - 6pm
Gnome Games is Green Bay's premier game store. Located just four blocks from Lambeau Field, we carry hundreds of board, card, miniature and roleplaying games. With a staff that has years of gaming experience, we are open every day of the week for all your gaming needs.
In addition to our great selection of games, Gnome Games runs events of all kinds. We have in-store events every day of the week for all sorts of collectible and non-collectible games. Everything we do for these events revolves around making them memorable, enjoyable, and a positive experience for everyone involved.
In 2010, Gnome Games seated over 10,000 unique players for our events. These events ranged from small gatherings designed to allow players of obscure or out of print games to find other players, to massive events where we were able to seat several hundred in a single setting. At every event we address the different needs of components and players for each type of play in an effort to make their play experience the best possible.
In 2010 we hosted a Scars of Mirrodin Pre-release for Magic: The Gathering, a Settlers of Catan North American Championship Qualifier, a Gnome Games Championship weekend, and more.
Gnome Games offers in-store gaming 7 days a week, 361 days a year. We also give back to our community with outreach programs where we pack up our games, take them to schools, universities, churches, and community recreational centers and play with the people that invite us to come out. We also host Family Game Nights for schools and non-profits and we have received the Brown County Silver Star Award for Community Service. We are the epitome of a community game store, founded on the principles that everything we do must be “mom friendly.”
Our Media Center
We were one of the first stores in the country to have the Fantasy Flight Media Center. It is the centerpiece of our Fantasy Flight display, which is situated in a prime spot next to the entrance of the store. It certainly receives a lot of attention! Both our staff and our customers have found it very helpful in finding the right game for the right person. The best way to describe what the Media Center does for us is to think about it like the trailers before a movie starts. You know what movie you are going to see, but the trailers show you other movies that also look great, so you might go and see that movie too! The Media Center is like that. There have been many customers that have picked up a new game because they saw it being described on the Media Center. Also, when it shows trailers for games coming out soon it really helps build excitement for new releases.
The Fantasy Flight Media Center has been a great addition to our store and everybody enjoys seeing what is coming from Fantasy Flight. It also allows our staff to become knowledgeable about products in an efficient and pleasurable manner, allowing us to make recommendations and explain products in a way that complements the Media Center and ensures customers leave with a great game and a positive experience.
Gnome Games has become more than a game store for our community, it has become a community center, a trusted place where kids, families and adults come to play and have fun 7 days a week. We have become the gaming focal point for Northeastern Wisconsin, both for competitive and social gaming. If you ever happen to be in Green Bay, please stop by and see us!
Thanks, Pat! Our next Retailer Spotlight article will be appearing soon. If you are interested in visiting one of these great game store locations, keep reading to find one in your local area.
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