DGC Progress Update - December 8th, 2018

This one was unexpected.

The plan was to try to pick up a 70” jewelry display counter, which I would re-purpose as a solid non-display counter for the register and front computer. I was messaged by some friends who let me know that somebody was selling tables, chairs, and wargaming tables. I went to go look at the wargaming tables to possibly purchase one. Well, the price of the tables was not right but, after asking about some shelves, I was told their very reasonable price and decided to pick up 4 of them!

Now I’ll have space for all of my Wargaming items to look super fancy! 16 feet of sweet succulent shelving. :)

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I’m still keeping my eyes open for some items that I think I may be able to find second hand to save some money. Here are some pictures of what I’m looking for in case you want to help find some deals with me.

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DGC Progress Update - December 6th, 2018

Well well well. It turns out I am still picking up stuff for the shop.

I know that there was quite a gap between posts, but I have been doing lots of work getting things organized for the future shop. I’ve met with mentors, real estate agents, created loan proposal documents, and searched for sweet bargains on necessity items.

The items that I’ve gotten this week are pretty sweet.

I picked up 4 bar stools for the wargaming table that is yet to be acquired. I also got a new security camera system. It was an extra sweet deal because they made them available without hard drives. A perk of working at a computer shop is that hard drives are abundant so Adam gave me one for free! I picked up 2 pro tier surge protectors as well.

This weekend, I may have the shell of a front counter. I have yet to pick it up, but I’m very much leaning towards getting this 70” fixer upper for a front counter. The price is right. ;)

I have decided on a personal budget and will slowly be picking up more items in the near future. I was waiting on some things to align before going deep on purchasing furnishings and the time is finally at hand.

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Keep your eyes open for more progress in the near future. The next update may include some shoddy woodworking and painting done by yours truly.

DGC Progress Update - November 3rd, 2018

A big expense chunk for today’s post. Computers!

1 of the computers will be used for the front desk/register area to do quick price checking, card scanning, inventory management, and online reference. The 2 larger desktops will be customer use computers so people can buy stuff online.

The plan is to have the bulk of the available products if not all of them in the online inventory. It will take a lot of time to create the initial inventory but it will make things simpler and more secure in the long run.

I only have the 1 monitor at the moment, and will be needing 2 more. I may have them soon as well.

In the box are mouse, keyboards, and power cables for each computer. There’s also a surge protector which is a necessity. Only a few more of those and I’ll have access to all the power I need. There are also 2 webcams for use with TCGPlayer’s Quicklist software. 1 will go at the front counter, the other in my office.

I’m hoping to put in an order for some shelves soon. I’ll either do that or pick up more of the small items to finish up the right hand side of the revised spreadsheet that I have keeping track of shop items.

If you know of a place selling any solid top 8 foot plastic tables and/or some chairs, hit me up.

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If you would like to donate any items to the cause, small items are still needed.

Extension cables, surge protectors, goo gone, a window squeegee, printer paper, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, and shop rags.

Every little bit helps. Shoot me a message either on facebook, as a comment on this post, or at the email found at the Contact section of this web page if you have and would be willing to donate any of these items.

DGC Progress Update - October 28th, 2018

Hello again. Another quick progress update for DGC.

The items that I’ve acquired this time around are 2 wall clocks, a box cutter, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, and a pricing gun with a bunch of labels.

This week, I have an appointment with a business mentor to ask some legal questions and get myself prepared for Uncle Sam.

Soon, I also plan on selling a few things that I have sitting around collecting dust. I have some guitars, a big P.A. system, some old graphics cards, a bunch of old movies, an old iMac. Hopefully I can get a decent chunk of change to reinvest in DGC.

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Items Acquired/Needed Spreadsheet


If you would like to donate any items to the cause, small items are still needed.

Extension cables, surge protectors, goo gone, a window squeegee, printer paper, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, and shop rags.

Every little bit helps. Shoot me a message either on facebook, as a comment on this post, or at the email found at the Contact section of this web page if you have and would be willing to donate any of these items.

DGC Progress Update - October 25th, 2018

Cleanliness. That’s the name of the game for this post.

I made a trip to Target and picked up the bulk of the cleaning supplies that I’ll be needing to make sure the tables, chairs, floor, and bathroom are nice and clean at all times.

The items acquired are as follows: Paper clips, duct tape, packing tape, 20 pens, sponges, all purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner x2, toilet brush, plunger, mop, bucket, broom, dust pan, paper towels, 13 gallon trash bags.

Another $100 worth of supplies knocked out. Slow and steady.

I have more items coming from Amazon either today or tomorrow.

I’m very close to having all of the small necessity items. After that, it’ll be lots of waiting until closer to opening to purchase a bunch of big stuff all at once.

Keep your eyes peeled for more progress soon.

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Items Acquired/Needed Spreadsheet

If you would like to donate any items to the cause, small items are still needed.

Extension cables, surge protectors, goo gone, a window squeegee, printer paper, floor cleaner, glass cleaner, and shop rags.

Every little bit helps. Shoot me a message either on facebook, as a comment on this post, or at the email found at the Contact section of this web page if you have and would be willing to donate any of these items.

DGC Progress Update - October 20th, 2018

Another small update for this weekend.

Most of the week, I’ve been mapping out possible store layouts using smaller spaces. Around this town, there are lots of small spaces and not very many large ones. I got in touch with a realtor about a space that’s in a location that I like and the small space is more than affordable. Also, if I manage to fit the necessities into a small space, expanding will be much easier.

I have very specific schematics for the layout from above and for the front counter area as seen from the front. The counter will be tight, but I think I’ll be able to fit everything in there. It can comfortably seat 18 as well as 4 for wargaming and expands to have an additional 8 spots for special events.

This week, I purchased some white boards. They’re a necessity for keeping players aware of events and upcoming releases. Since I did a little research before just buying some white boards, I managed to find a cheap alternative that works exactly the same for my purposes. Now, instead of getting just 1x 24”x”36” and 1x 48”x36” board, I managed to get an extra 24”x36” and payed much less overall. The average retail price for a single 24x and a single 48x together is around $100. I paid less than $20. :D

Now I have a calendar board (which I pinstriped to make it look nicer), a releases board to go next to the calendar, and a board to go on the easel that will have specials, and probably some buylist prices or maybe just something silly written on it from time to time.

I’m not sure what my next purchase is going to be, but I’m still on the hunt.

Ooh! And some exciting news, at least to me. I received my Business Certificate of Registration and 2018 Florida Annual Resale Certificate for Sales Tax today; Both under the name Doombrowski Games & Comics! These items are required to keep things legal and to apply for distributor contracts. Now I’ve got ‘em!

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Items Acquired/Needed Spreadsheet

If you would like to donate any items to the cause, small items are definitely needed. The column on the right hand side of the spreadsheet has lots of cleaning supplies, pens, pencils, markers, surge protectors, and whatnot. Every little bit helps. Shoot me a message either on facebook, as a comment on this post, or at the email found at the Contact section of this web page.

DGC Progress Update - October 14th, 2018

Hello again. Doombrowski here with some more progress on items for the future LGS.

Unfortunately, I was unable to pick up some crazy great priced vending machines due to the inability to move them. Apparently, vending machines are stupidly heavy. I was thinking like 400 pounds or so….no. 800. That’s more like it. And that’s an empty machine. Imagine trying to get that on a trailer or in the back of a vehicle. It’s definitely a job for professionals and professionals charge more than what I would be paying for the machines to move things like that.

So, I’m back to the original plan of some chip racks and a drink distributor contract to cover the fridge costs.

But, I did pick up some items today and did do a bit more research on locations and store furniture and tables.

There’s a very reasonably priced location that I’m pretty excited about. If I can get some extra funding soon enough and the spot doesn’t get filled, I could definitely see it being the future home of DGC. I spoke to the person that owns it already. It went well.

I did some pricing on what it would take to build a couple wargaming tables. That’s a project that I’m looking forward to. I like carpentry. My grandpa is a carpenter. I’ll probably be throwing those tables together sometime in the next month.

I also picked up some more trash cans! Now my trash can obsession can be over with. Well…I forgot to get one for my office. Alright, so there’s 1 more trash can that I need to get. But honestly, I have a bucket here at the house that I can use. haha.

So this time around, I have 2x 30+ gallon trash cans, 1x 13 gallon trash can, and some 39 gallon trash bags. People gotsta have a place to put their trash.

I’ll be looking to pick up an iPad air and some cash register items next, I think. Those are definite necessities and are universal to the types of point of sale software that I’ll be ultimately using.

Keep your eyes peeled with some more progress updates and news.

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Progress Update - October 9th, 2018

Some larger things have been going on behind the scenes but unfortunately there’s not much that’s interesting to look at related to scouting out building locations and talking to loan officers. I will say that the talk with the first bank went well and that I should know something a little later this week.

As far as location scouting, I’ve mostly just been travelling around town trying to find a space that will accommodate a decent sized play area as well as retail space and taking down contact information. I’m finding that most spaces will only work for just retail or just play space. Play space is important.

Access is also important on my location scout. There are some spaces that are available and adequately sized but are so far tucked away that advertisement would be difficult. In my opinion, a retail space should be close enough to people walking and driving to be seen without any effort.

Until I hear back from the bank, I’m going to be gathering information that will help with running events. So many games are so similar, I want to make sure I have a good reference page put together so everything can run smoothly and that every player can be clear on what’s going on. Each game has its own little nuances on regulations as well. Gotta get that all in order.

Well, I guess there were a few things that I’ve picked up recently that I could let everybody know about. I was on this weird trashcan kick and was super hype about getting trash cans since I found one that was kind of cool…. I didn’t end up getting the cool trash can though. XD I did dig out some rolls of tape, thumbtacks, 2 black ink cartridges, and an audio extension cable so I can have more freedom in mounting speakers. I also have some handy small storage containers which are great for managing paperwork with online tickets. Not pictured are a second larger trash can and some colored permanent markers. There are also a bunch of envelopes, a receipt book, stamps, top-loader sleeves (a bunch of them), some penny sleeves, and some team bags.

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Items Acquired! October 1st 2018

The thank you goes to my mother this time around for providing me with a microwave so I can bring my lunch. Also, I had these speakers that I forgot about that will take place of the surround sound at least temporarily. They will be pumping out sweet tunes and announcements for draft seatings and tournament opponents and whatnot!

If you are interested in helping gather items for the future shop, check out the link below, see if there’s anything you can help with, and get in touch. :)

Click Here to See the Spreadsheet Progress

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Logo Ideas

Signage and advertisement media is important for a business. Fortunately, I had the chance to work at a sign company for a couple years and gain a bit of advertisement design knowledge which I eventually expanded on with a little reading and practice here and there.

These last couple of days, I’ve been working on logo ideas for signage. I have the core idea, but I’m not sure which direction I want to go fully.

Here are some ideas that I’ve worked up.

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I’m definitely going with something with blocks of color (no gradients or shading). I want it to easily be transferable to other media like shirts and hats and stuff.

Shoot a comment and let me know which is your favorite or what elements from a certain design are your favorites.

Credit!

This isn’t an item post, but it’s still pretty exciting to me.

Yesterday, I was approved for a new business credit card! I will not go into the specifics of it, but it will allow me to restock the store in the earlier days of being open. This was a concern of mine previously.

Another baby step.

I’m currently looking into point of sale and shelving options. I will probably make another spreadsheet for myself that prioritizes what should be bought new as opposed to used and how long I should search for something used before I just buy it new. It’s a kind of unfamiliar territory as I’m not sure how difficult some of these things are to find used.

Soon, I will start picking up some necessities using my rainy day fund.

More updates coming soon.

Items Acquired! September 23rd 2018

A big thank you once again to Alan L. Casey for donating these 3 lateral filing cabinets. The 2 lighter cabinets are the perfect depth for 800 count card boxes and will house the card singles inventory. The darker one is smaller, and will be used to store important documents and records. Also, thank you to my mom for both helping get all of the previous office items and donating an easel, which will be used for displaying relevant information to events.

If you are interested in helping gather items for the future shop, check out the link below, see if there’s anything you can help with, and get in touch. :)

Click Here to See the Spreadsheet Progress

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The List!

Here it is. The list of items to purchase to get the shop up and running. I will add to it as I think of things that I have forgotten. I will also mark when items have been acquired.

Also, some exciting news. Some things have already been acquired! I’ll post pictures tomorrow when the rain isn’t foiling my plans.

Click here to see the spreadsheet progress

I will post images of items as they are picked up with another link back to the spreadsheet whenever I pick up something new!

Keep your eyes open. This is happening. :)

The Beginning

For far too long, Winter Haven has been without a reliable, abundantly stocked, adequately run comic and gaming store. In the past, I have tossed around the idea of opening a place of my own only to be stopped by self-doubt and fear of losing the large investment that’s required to run a retail business.

It’s time to face those fears and dive in head first.

I am starting this venture by breaking down the expenses for basic necessities. I am going to post pictures whenever I obtain new items to be used in the future game store.

I will keep an updated list of the items that are needed and the items that have been acquired. This will be available to anybody who is interested in keeping track of the shop’s progress or donating items themselves. This will include everything from display counters to ball point pens. Even the smallest items are important to running a business.

I have this vision of a community coming together, helping build a place where they can feel welcome, have fun, escape the stress, and have that excitement of new games to learn and play.

The road ahead is rough and winding, but this is something that needs to be done. I will keep taking steps towards my American Dream and you’re all welcome to join me.

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