We’ve made it to the one year milestone, and we can only thank our friends and customers who have made it possible to get to this point! Most small businesses don’t, and the only reason we have been able to is the wonderful people in our lives.
We’ve gone from big dreams and plans to looking back at this year with the benefit of hindsight. We know what we’d do differently if we could go back in time to the beginning of our store plans, but we can only continue to move forward.
A few things we have learned in this last year:
~Small business ownership is incredibly time-consuming.
~Life is crazy, and your “plan” can change from one day to the next. Roll with it.
~Having a support system of family and friends is invaluable.
In the coming weeks, ENDgame has some big things in store. We’re most likely going to be moving to a new location, ideally downtown. Our current spot is just not conducive to our plans for the future. So don’t be surprised if you see a big “for lease” sign pop up. There are a couple of other things we’ve got going on but can’t yet go public with until everything is worked out one way or another.
As for our potential new location, we’ve got plans to make the space feel more “homey”. Think a couch and lounge area and a space specifically for the smaller kids who don’t have much they can currently do while their parents are shopping or gaming. This is, of course, in addition to having plenty of gaming space just like now. If anyone else had other ideas, let us know!
And, if you know of another business looking for a location to lease in Bastrop, also let us know! We’ll get them in touch with our landlord.
We’re planning to increase the number of games we support. We’re going to start holding Force of Will tournaments, Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, and Star Wars X-wing tournaments. Last month, we held a Warhammer 40k kill-team tournament, which people seemed to enjoy.
The gaming community of Bastrop is a wonderful, kind, generous, and intelligent group of people. These gamers we’ve come to know are an excellent counterbalance to the bad news we see every day on TV or social media. It’s a subculture of camaraderie that we are so proud to be a part of.