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Robert Fix
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I am going to be in Stratford next week and was wondering if there are any games stores. I know they have one store in the middle of town but that is more a "kids" game store. Any help here? Feel free to send me a message on the BGG site. Thanks.
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Wow, I have no idea about game stores but went there with a university group right after graduation to see plays and what not. It was sooooo awesome!

What takes you there?
 
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No idea. Looking at a map, though, it's fairly close to Kitchener and London. Those places may be more lucrative.

Or you could invest two hours to drive to Toronto. Toronto has a great boardgaming scene and I regularly see games that other folks say are hard to find (Manhattan Project, Mage Knight) in the stores here
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This place (http://www.jjcards.com/shop/) is in Waterloo, a half an hour out of Stratford. Well worth the visit for their amazing selection.

And if you're going to Waterloo, you might as well check out (http://www.germangames.com/). Again, amazing selection. They are an online store, but I have picked up from them before.
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DarkCelt wrote:
And if you're going to Waterloo, you might as well check out (http://www.germangames.com/). Again, amazing selection. They are an online store, but I have picked up from them before.
Unfortunately, they no longer accept local pickups.
 
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Since you are searching for stores maybe you could give me some feedback about this Events and Stores locator I'm doing:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/826492/store-and-events-loca...

Thanks in advance!
 
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DarkCelt wrote:

This place (http://www.jjcards.com/shop/) is in Waterloo, a half an hour out of Stratford. Well worth the visit for their amazing selection.
J&J's is closer to a 45minute drive, but the selection is amazing! The website does not do the store justice because it usually isn't up to date... they have most recent releases and a huge representation of older releases. The prices are excellent, and for the most part are fairly close to (if not the same as) Canadian online retailers.

Conestogo is a small town 7-10 minutes outside of Waterloo, with a little lunch-time cafe that offers a smaller selection of titles, but it's a neat little place and the prices are very competitive here too. Their website lists their inventory, but the cafe hours are limited so check their site before you go there.
http://www.rumbletumcafe.ca/?page_id=28

Stratford is closer to Waterloo than it is to London so if you're going out of your way to find a game store, Waterloo/Kitchener is likely better in terms of travel time. If you're flying into Toronto, you'd likely drive past Kitchener-Waterloo onroute to Stratford anyway.

Stratford itself has a really awesome toy store that carried a variety Euros and other puzzle-type games last time I was there. I think it is called Family & Company. Again, the website here isn't that great, but it wouldn't be too hard to stop in and have a look - Stratford is a small place.
http://www.familyandcompany.com

This isn't a game store, but Rheo Thomson Choclates is a really awesome chocolate store. I never go to Stratford without stopping in here to pick up some "mint smoothies".
http://www.rheothomson.com

Deathstroke is correct about germangames.com no longer offering pick-up, so that's not really an option.

Enjoy your visit!
 
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cyakobch wrote:
DarkCelt wrote:

This place (http://www.jjcards.com/shop/) is in Waterloo, a half an hour out of Stratford. Well worth the visit for their amazing selection.
J&J's is closer to a 45minute drive, but the selection is amazing! The website does not do the store justice because it usually isn't up to date... they have most recent releases and a huge representation of older releases. The prices are excellent, and for the most part are fairly close to (if not the same as) Canadian online retailers.

Conestogo is a small town 7-10 minutes outside of Waterloo, with a little lunch-time cafe that offers a smaller selection of titles, but it's a neat little place and the prices are very competitive here too. Their website lists their inventory, but the cafe hours are limited so check their site before you go there.
http://www.rumbletumcafe.ca/?page_id=28

Stratford is closer to Waterloo than it is to London so if you're going out of your way to find a game store, Waterloo/Kitchener is likely better in terms of travel time. If you're flying into Toronto, you'd likely drive past Kitchener-Waterloo onroute to Stratford anyway.

Stratford itself has a really awesome toy store that carried a variety Euros and other puzzle-type games last time I was there. I think it is called Family & Company. Again, the website here isn't that great, but it wouldn't be too hard to stop in and have a look - Stratford is a small place.
http://www.familyandcompany.com

This isn't a game store, but Rheo Thomson Choclates is a really awesome chocolate store. I never go to Stratford without stopping in here to pick up some "mint smoothies".
http://www.rheothomson.com

Deathstroke is correct about germangames.com no longer offering pick-up, so that's not really an option.

Enjoy your visit!
This is the store I was talking about. Had a lot of games, but did not look like many adult-style games (I did get a hockey "manager" game there last year).
 
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I live in Stratford.

As already mentioned on the east side of town (on Ontario Street) Video Plus Books has a moderate selection of games. There is Family and Company on the West side of the downtown area (I believe it is just before Ontario St. turns into Huron St.) they have a small selection of games but are very overpriced [I think this is the "kids" store you discussed]. There is also a store on the south side of the street in downtown called Quark Soup. They have a very small selection - mostly Labyrinth, Flux etc.

If you are into Warhammer there is a Video Plus Books on the west side of town which has a moderate selection of Warhammer games.

If you have a vehicle and want to take the trek to Waterloo as someone mentioned J&J Cards is the place to go. They are my preferred FLGS. No place I've been have rivaled the selection and the prices.

With that. What show(s) are you seeing? We've seen all but three so far this season. Living in town we are fortunate and can tend to get cheap tickets.

EDIT: I should also note that J&J's website isn't always up-to-date.
 
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