I'm humbled and amazed at the love and support everyone has shown this project. Thank you all!
Thus far, this Kickstarter will cover 30% of our actual remodeling/move in costs. So, let's keep this ball rolling!!!
Illusive Comics & Games
Where everyone knows your name and plays games with you.
Hi, my name is Anna Warren Cebrian - I’m the owner of Illusive Comics & Games in Santa Clara, California. Illusive Comics & Games is more than a local “hobby shop.” We’ve become a kind of Community Center, where we hold one fundraiser or charity event almost every month of the year, and we work hard to make this place a Living Room away from home, where folks from every culture and lifestyle are made welcome as they play games, learn about new comics or gleefully exclaim over the cool toys we carry.
The Gaming side of Illusive has grown so wonderfully that it needs more space. So, this January we will be opening a new game shop across the street, called Isle of Gamers. Get it? I Love Gamers? Isle of... You get it. This Kickstarter campaign is to fill Isle of Games with fantastic new gaming tables, comfortable seating, merchandising furniture and special decor.
Why an Isle of Gamers?
This expansion shop is needed because we've simply run out of room to add our growing family of gamers.
Since 2007, I’ve worked to make Games and Gaming an integral part of the Illusive Comics & Games experience. They’ve become a bigger part of my business than I could have imagined in a relatively short amount of time.
My gamers drive here from all over the Bay Area to hang out, meet new friends, and play the games they love. These folks are the core of our gaming audience. I try as hard as I can to make this a safe and fun home for them.
About four years ago, we realized there was just no more room for game expansion. We tried remodeling the space to add additional tables. And then we remodeled it again, adding a few more tables. The space now fits 32 players, regularly. And still, several times each week, we have to put some tables outside because it’s so crowded. If we have a Comic Signing or other special Event, oy vey, the shop is just - you can’t even move with all the happy, but squished, comics and games folks.
Since we can’t put in a series of hammocks to suspend the gamers, or dig an underground bunker for them, I’ve kept my eye out for a nearby location that suits our needs and could be dedicated to gaming. As fate would have it, a 1700 square foot space became available right across the street. It’s the perfect place to move our Tabletop gaming and really expand our Board, Card and Role Playing Game stock.
We did consider finding a space to relocate all of Illusive, but space is at a premium in Santa Clara these days so this is the next best option.
Illusive will continue to sell staple games in the original location, while expanding its goodies for Game and Comic Fans. Over at Isle of Gamers we will have Tabletop Games, in modern comfort, and a giant selection of Games and Accessories for you to shop from.
We can fit at least twice the number of Gamers and still have at least double the space to stock the hard-to-find games you enjoy in this new location.
And since you’ll be here all the time, we have prepared food, snacks, and drinks to keep you hydrated and on top of your game.
But I need your help. Securing and remodeling the new space isn’t cheap. After that, we need to do useful things like make the lighting brighter, add in sturdy tables and find comfortable, durable seating. With your financial help, we can get the best materials and furnishings. You can truly help us transform this space into your favorite gaming haven.
Isle of Gamers: An Illusive Getaway.
More space= more gamers= more events= more awesomeness
Because we'll be able to hold more than twice the number of gamers than we presently do, we'll also be able to expand the number and kinds of events we hold. We will also have more space for art exhibits, local comedians and live music than we've had previously in Illusive Comics & Games.
We want to have the most comfortable and dynamic gaming space in the Silicon Valley, and you can help make that happen. Every dollar you pledge goes to making the Isle of Gamers the kind of haven and home away from home you crave.
Illusive Comics & Games is already a very unique comic shop, and we want Isle of Gamers to continue in that niche. We want this space to stand apart with it's vibrant and geeky decor, comfortable and spacious seating, a fantastic selection of demo games for people to play for free, and a vast and organized collection of games and accessories for you to buy.
The geekiest folks you should know and love
I'm happy to share that I have 10 years of experience in the Comic Publishing and Retailing worlds. I, and my staff of six, have grown one of the biggest and finest comic book and game stores in the Bay Area, if not California, over the last seven years.
I have over 15 years of Retail Management experience and an MBA. I'm proud of being the proprietor of a Woman-Owned business in industries that are male-dominated.
I also co-own Illogical Associates, and my Illogical Partner and I had a wonderfully successful Kickstarter in March of this year, for The Shadow of Oz: A Tarot Deck.
My amazing staff are fantastically geeky and intelligent people; together we are ready to make this expansion truly amazing.
Risks and challenges
I have high confidence that the only challenge is in how long it will take to get the keys to the new location and get the remodeling done. The more we raise, the better quality flooring, tables and chairs we can get. This new shop *will* open this Winter one way or another.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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