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If funded the money will be spent on building supplies, like wood, screws, paint, nails, masonry etc. but will also be used for better floors and walls to boot. The lighting needs a lot of love and we have a wall project that is going to take some professionals to do their thing. We will all be investing any cash we have and a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get it all finished before the fall rolls out.
We started as software developers with a ton of retail experience. Tiki Tiki Board games was born out of necessity. When we moved our office from Sewell (inside a recycled glass factory, we still find dust) to Woodbury the building was zoned for retail space, after a few days of deliberation we decided to buy, sell & trade used board games as a kind of joke. After the first month it started to catch on. In the back of the <100SF retail space we had our software business of a stunning 550SF with Tiki Tiki as our face to the community. Slowly we started getting involved in local events and with organizations and folks started shopping us on a regular basis.
About two years in we decided to get bigger, the shop was starting to make money and the software business was holding its own. We discussed that it was time for the store to grow and our existing landlord offered us the space next to us at a great price and we couldn't say no. In planning our move we also talked some vendor friends of ours into taking the old space so they opened a video game and action figure shop right in our old space. In the new space we divided it up to about 500SF for retail and about 700SF for office space. With a bigger space the store was becoming more serious in the general area. We also had neighbors now which was helping to build the retail community on our end of the street, a lovely salon, a tattoo studio, the action figure and video game store and us, all peas in a pod.
A year after the move we expanded, we found that the space in the very back of the existing shop (blocked off from us) was becoming available. It was the perfect amount of space and we made that the home of Island Officials (about 700SF just for software). During the transition we scoured the internet and sales and got a great deal on some new displays which helped with the redesign of Tiki. We moved our product outside for the "annual sidewalk sale" and started moving displays, desks and office equipment as best we could. When we were finished the new retail space was about 1200SF. We had our 3 desks (Ry, Ry & Ty) behind the counters but out of the way and the IO office set up. Over the last year (almost) we have spent expanding our business to carry a larger number of new games and a larger quantity of used games both traditional and euro. We have events 5-6 nights a week and host a few open BG nights, dice masters, D&D and the area’s largest YoYo club. It gets tight during events so we started bringing up the idea of moving, and now we are.
We (the 3 of us) dream a lot and that helps to keep us driven so we have always joked about taking over a huge retail space. Last year the city finished the new police department which are our new neighbors and on the corner of the next block is a magnificent but run down building.
When I was a kid, it was army/navy store owned by some Woodbury natives, the Polsky family. I bought my first pair of combat boots there and countless t shirts throughout my formative years like many like-minded people. Our town, like many others, hit hard times and the retail stores diminished. The place has been empty for about 10+ years now but we were able to check out the inside and fell in love. We saw what others who have checked out the space didn't, the fully realized Tiki Tiki Board Games (say it like that scene in SW E4 when the Deathstar takes out Alderan). Version 4.0 could be wondrous, but we need a little help.
We do have some stretch goals ready to go just in case that will upgrade our upgraded plan to Hyper 4.0 so you will see what creativity with a budget looks like, instead of creativity with duct tape. We all work other jobs outside of IO and Tiki Tiki so the process will take a ton of extra hands but we know our local friends, family, patrons and gamers are more than happy to help.
Ry, Ry & Ty (aka Those Tiki Guys)
Risks and challenges
Whether funded or not this project will be coming to fruition. This funding however will enhance our vision incredibly and allow us to bring some professional construction folks and upgrade a few areas to be more enjoyable for all. Combined with about $20,000 of our own investment the shop will become the largest board game shop in the area but it will be more than that too.
The new space has 3 major areas of improvement and we have tiers of what we can get done based on our own budget and the enhanced budget from KS.
Ceiling-the ceiling has a grid for tiles so we have a couple of ideas that could work pending the outcome of this.
Walls-fairly straight forward, we have some repairs to do and a lot of peg board that should be painted at the very least.
Floors-The biggest issue, with 5800SF that is a lot of whatever material gets put down. Option 1 is to repair areas with concrete and paint, option 2 is carpet/vinyl and option 3 is vinyl slat. All will be expensive and time consuming.
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