The Joy of Playing

A spotlight on Board Game Barrister, with stores located in Wisconsin and Illinois

The hobby gaming industry is filled with hard-working retailers who strive to bring the very best experiences to their customers. Last week we introduced you to a California-based game store; today we will be highlighting Board Game Barrister and hearing from its wonderful senior staff members: Gordon B. Lugauer, Elizabeth Willer, and Glenn Buettner.

Board Game Barrister has store locations in Wisconsin and Illinois, and provides a great atmosphere at both of them. From a friendly and experienced staff, to a great demo game library, and more, Board Game Barrister wants to share the fun. Without further ado, the Board Game Barrister staff!

Board Game Barrister, LLC

Board Game Barrister: Bayshore

Address: Bayshore Town Center 5738 N. Bayshore Drive #D-100 Glendale, WI 53217 Telephone: (414) 963-2100 Website: Email: [email protected]

Store Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday: 10am - 9pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 6pm

Board Game Barrister: Gurnee Mills

Address: Gurnee Mills Mall 6170 W. Grand Avenue #127 Gurnee, IL 60031 Telephone: (847) 856-1800 Website: Email: [email protected]

Store Hours:

  • Monday - Friday: 10am - 9pm
  • Saturday: 10am - 9:30pm
  • Sunday: 11am - 7pm

The perfect environment

Since November 2005 the Board Game Barrister has been bringing the joy of board games to families throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. That's right, board games: sit-'round-the-table games, tickle-the-brain games, interact-with-people games, learn-without-being-taught games. Fun. We created the Board Game Barrister from our love of social fun, and our desire to share it with as many people as we could. Our goal is to build a community where everyone can find something that promises a fun experience with the other people in their life, in a fun, welcoming environment.

Board Game Barrister, LLC was formed in 2005. At present, there are two Board Game Barrister stores: one at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wisconsin, and one at The Mall at Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, Illinois. Our staff members are called “Barristers” because they are special people who thrive on learning something new every day. Barristers are active learners who use their knowledge, creativity, and their love of fun as they interact with each and every guest. The Barristers themselves are truly what makes our stores tick. The combination of so many fun products and such a talented staff makes the Board Game Barrister a must-see destination for so many mall shoppers.

Games are meant to be played

When you visit the Board Game Barrister, you may see two rather oddly different things than you might expect. First, there is simply so much to see! Hundreds of games will greet your eyes and tickle your imagination; something new and different, no matter how many games you have played before. Keep looking around and you’ll discover even more fun: specialty toys for all ages, jigsaw puzzles, brainteasers, arts and crafts, and outdoor activities too.

Second, many games are open on display, ready for you to touch, feel, and play. You can see if the box you first liked is a winner of a game, or be surprised to discover a game whose box you might not have given more than a glance. The Board Game Barrister is on a mission to remind the world that games are meant to be played, face to face, one person at a time. We get to see everyone – from the families who are looking for birthday ideas to the hobby game enthusiasts who want to see what’s new each week. Many of our visitors come in to browse and had no idea they’d find something perfect to take home with them that day!

People aren't simply looking for a game to play, they are looking for an experience. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about the games we sell so we can help everyone find just the experience they are after. The Barristers are the tour guides! Just knowing the rules of a game isn't enough for us; we want to be able to match people to the right one. Just because one of us feels that Arkham Horror is one of the best board games out there doesn't mean everyone will feel that way. Once we find the right match, it isn't the game that’s important, it is simply the joy of playing.

Finding the right experience

At the Board Game Barrister we love to play.  We have open gaming every weekend where folks can check out any of the hundreds of games in our demo library at no cost. Not sure how to play? Our staff will gladly get you going. We also have our regular Friday Night Magic crowd, plus regular weekend groups playing Pokemon and Heroclix.

Our biggest event happens every summer when we sponsor GlennCon, a three day festival of all that is games. There are scheduled events like Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix, Mansions of Madness, and so much more, plus there is always open gaming.  Like any of our open gaming days, GlennCon is a free event where hundreds of gamers come and play.

We are proud to have a Fantasy Flight Media Center right in the heart of our games section, surrounded by a plethora of FFG titles: Arkham Horror, Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, Descent: Journeys in the Dark, Twilight Imperium, and many others. The Media Center gives a great introduction to much of the FFG line, and helps introduce players to the newest games that will soon hit their tables.  Between the Media Center and our helpful and informed staff, you will be able to learn all you need to know about the best games out there.

Come visit the Board Game Barrister, meet the Barristers, share some fun times, and rediscover that it matters not what you play, it matters that you play.

Thanks, Glenn, Gordon, and Elizabeth! Make sure to keep watch for our next Retailer Spotlight article.

If you are interested in visiting one of these great game store locations, keep reading to find one in your local area, or see if a local store has already been mentioned. If you are a retailer who is interested in participating in our Retailer Spotlight and having your store featured or if you are interested in more information, please contact [email protected].

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