If you ever want to get a feel for the community behind gaming, then at one of their funerals, you will see. When the owner of the store sadly passed away, there had to be at least a couple hundred people who showed up for his funeral. People I had seen the shop every day, some that only made a passing visit. There seems to be some form of comradery when it comes to those kind of relegated to the background of society, we bond tightly, and when one passes, it’s felt by everyone, or that could just be the way I saw it.
Needless to say, at this point, a mid twenties online college student, owned his own store now. I called the company that my parents used for Residential Roof Repair to see to the business roof as it was long overdue for replacing, which caused the store to be closed for two weeks. The amount of people who showed up when I reopened was impressive to say the least. I had made a bit of a blunder by not putting up a sign of some sort, and so a lot of the regulars thought we shut down completely.
I can imagine what it must have been like to see, and in retrospect feel kind of bad for making it happen, but going to the owners funeral, and then the next week the place looks like it’s being torn down. I may not be the best as gauging when the most appropriate time to do things is. Beneficially though, it didn’t make everyone just assume and run away. I guess because we still had everything inside the store and windows, some may have jumped to the proper conclusion, and thankfully they did.
I had a grand reopening of the store when the roof repairs were done, to ensure that everyone knew that we were still operational, which drew as large a crowd as the former owners funeral did. I wound up having to make extra shipment orders because the store almost got cleaned out. I was happy to be making good money off the start because that meant I could rely less on the bank with the stores money, and have more of it get sent back to his family. Which made me feel better, and let me think that I was perhaps going to be ok running the store.
Since that point, I have kept things going, and kept the store running, and tried to fill his shoes. And though I may be different, I would like to think that when people come in, they can still feel the same spirit that was here when the store was first opened. Because ultimately, what I want it for everyone to be happy. To have their place that they can go, where the people know them, appreciate them, and enjoy their company. We may be geeks, but we’re in solidarity, and always look out for one another.