August 29, 2014
August 22, 2014
I’m happy to say that we’ve made it through our first week and we’ve actually had sales. It’s a nice feeling to come to work every day and not have it feel like it’s work. Heck, even my four year old daughter wants to come to the shop and help out everyday! I’d like to thank all of you who have made it in, but also to those that have made it possible. Friends, family, and strangers, but strangers no more. Welcome home!
Les Webster and I went to a little soiree’ last night. Thanks to Thomas Chick for manning the register while we were gone. The event was hosted by DC Entertainment and was billed as a Retail Roadshow. We heard from Bob Wayne (Bob Kane/Bruce Wayne ?), Senior VP of sales, and other higher ups on what was happening with DC the next few months and into 2015. Nice presentation, came away with a few ideas, and met some of my fellow retailers. Bob is actually a part of the comic retail history here in the DFW area and is moving back this direction in the next few years. Can’t wait to meet him again.
After dropping my partner off, I came back to the shop to finish up my order for this month. Man, waiting until the last minute is no fun. I gotta stop that. You’d think that I was in high school finishing a term paper or something. To help me with that, we are going to start doing a monthly meetup and discuss products that are coming out in the months ahead, so that I can get a good idea of what customers are looking for. Be on the lookout for that.
I’ve also posted the policy for pull lists and subscriptions. You can find that in the header above. Just click on the button, “Subscription & Pull Lists” and you’ll get all the details. To give me your pull lists or subscriptions, email me at email@example.com or call me at 972-530-2600.
August 18, 2014
August 6, 2014
One of my big disappointments with merchandising and fandom is that one side forgets that the other side is a tad bigger than most. I am an overweight guy. Should I lose weight? Most definitely. Not for looks or anything. I think even with my pounds, I’ve still got intelligence and a sense of humor to make up for that. That’s not the point here. A lot of fans are overweight. So why is it so hard to find a t-shirt in anything larger than a 3x. And most 3x’s are sooooo not 3x!
Well, I’m also a fan of these cool sights that will let artist submit work and then for 24 hours or however long sell the shirts at great prices. I’m an even bigger fan of sites that sell them in big sizes. Not just XL, but XLT!
Meet Fresh Brewed Tees. I found them a couple of months back and have been going quite often to get my shirts. I’ve four or five now and they are great quality and fit perfectly even after I’ve washed them a few times. And the best part? The price. So far, I’ve paid $10 to 14 each. Yep, even for the big sizes. Check them out and let me know what you think.
Here’s my latest purchases.
Have you got a favorite t-shirt site that you like to use? Tell us all about it!
August 1, 2014
Hey, Kids! We are hoping to open doors in less than two weeks. Spread the word! We will open on August 13th for our first full day of business. Our hours will be from 11am to 10pm Tuesday thru Saturday with the shop closing on Sunday and Monday. Sorry, we’ve got families and have to pay bills sometimes. But during those five days that we will be open, we are hoping to bring in some gaming, some workshops, some signings, you name it. In fact, yeah, you name it. What would you like to see other than things to buy?
When I worked at Borders Books, I put together events that informed, as well as, entertained. From learning how to flesh out a fantasy novel to how to make things to discussing the latest novel, we were a place for knowledge. I’d like to incorporate that into the shop. Yes, we will sell things. We have to pay the bills, but I’m a firm believer that you can do both. Call me Nutty!
Until we do open, we are having game nights on Saturday evening starting at 7pm. We may bump that back to earlier, if we get enough feedback on it, but for now, we’ll see you at 7pm. Bring a game, if you have one that you would like to share, or request a demo of one that we have (or don’t have, we’ll consider it.) We are also very good at conversation, so bring ideas that you would like to discuss.
Come in and tell us what you would like to see. I can’t guarantee that it will happen, but I do guarantee that I will listen and think about it.