2160 Ridge Road
Green Bay, WI 54304
Gnome Games is my favorite game store (and I've been visiting stores since the late 1970's) because they are the epitome of the FLGS.
Friendly - and knowledgeable staff greet you, and if you've been in before they'll probably remember what you play or have purchased and have some great new stuff for you to look a. They provide a clean, safe social gaming place that seats a 100 players and fill if with great events every day - for all members of the community.
Local - The folks at Gnome Games are all about being a pillar of the community. Their outreach gaming ministry takes them to schools, libraries, churches and other venues for free family game nights. The contribute to local charities and use gaming events as fundraisers to increase the awareness of the gamers to charitable works and social responsibility, as well as to increase the exposure of the community to the positive aspects of gaming.
Games - The gnomes specialize in a broad selection and are very willing to try to chase down a copy of an out of print game for a customer. For example I wanted a copy of Plague & Pestilence and they were able to get it for me. They also offer learn to play and social gaming sessions - offer RPGA and an in store Living Style campaign that probably has 200 local players involved in it. They also run a ton of card and miniature events - there always is something being played there.
Store - They keep a lot of stock and seem to be able to get games very quickly if they are out of them. They also bring in a lot of smaller publishers - something that needs to keep going to help us have good games to play in the future.
Stock levels: They have a huge selection - and if it's in print they usually have it or get it within a day or two.
Events and community support: These guys are the best anywhere for events - their calendars say it all - http://www.gnomegames.com
If it can be played they run it, report the results and do it in a super-fun and professional manner. It's like having a mini Gen Con in town year-round!
Play space: I'd estimate they can seat 125 comfortably and they also use local gyms, hotels etc. for bigger events with tables, terrain, play mats, miniatures and everything a player needs to role-play, play a ccg etc. They also have a hug wall of demo games -available to try or just play for FREE!
Gamer outreach: If you've ever seen the owners at a school game night, a church picnic or at one of their public gaming events - you'd see what outreach is all about. Smiling faces, and new gamers being created en-masse is what the couple that runs Gnome Games is all about - and I think they do is better than anyone else anywhere.
Other: They treat me as a good customer, remember I like to play Cthulhu and get the stuff I want before I know I want it. They run the best OP anywhere for all games - not just cards or rpgs or board games. They are involved in the community at a level that major corporations usually are. These guys (and girls) are what a FLGS should be.
*** I don;t know if they even know about this contest - but I'm going to call them as soon as they open this morning!