Most retail stores use the business model “Move customers through as quickly and as efficiently as possible while maximizing revenue.” That’s fine, and the ones that have mastered it are very profitable. 

Some encourage browsing (Hallmark stores) or even encourage a relationship sale (Car Dealer). I like the last guy who sold me a car and will buy one again from him. 

But few build a community, and base their business model around providing a safe place where all are welcome, and the business prospers the longer customers stay in their space. Fewer still are good at it, and genuinely espouse a positive environment while being profitable.

One of these places is Games and Stuff in Glen Burnie, Md, run by my old friend Ed Sloman. This store has moved twice to expand its space, and is moving yet again to double their gaming space to nearly 8000 square feet. 

Ed is a true professional, and not only supports a myriad of small businesses represented by the products he sells, but he does it in such a way that gets kids, teens and adults involved in face to face table gaming, (actual social interaction!) using their imagination and smarts.

If you live in the Baltimore/Washington area you should come on out to his moving sale. This will help in two ways. 1) Let him move less stuff! and 2) give him the cash flow to help with construction at the new site.

Ed doesn’t only sell hobby games like Magic, Dungeons and Dragons or miniatures, but he also sells great board games for a family to play. Don’t suffer through another 4 hour Monopoly marathon. Go pick up a great game like Apples to Apples.

Here’s a link to his website, where you’ll find all the information you need.