Weekly Store Update: 7 November
Time travel! Who needs a DeLorean when most of us already travel exactly one hour to and from the future every year! Of course...it must be just us...but not much really seems that different when we get back. Well, time stops for no one and we've had another exceptional week here at Stone Valley Games! New games and restocks on the shelves and a ton of preorders set up too. We have a game giveaway going on now, and other news you should check out!
Time travel? I don't know about you, but we're fans of the 'let's eliminate Daylight Saving Time' movement. I understand folks liking more daylight during the late day/early evening, but we're fans of just letting things ride. As we are early risers, that lack/gain of early morning sunlight throws us off for a lot longer than it should. In any case, I'm Eric, and Wendy and I run Stone Valley Games. Here the games don't seem to mind the time change one way or the other. For those new to the newsletter, welcome! This top portion holds the news items, and at the bottom we list the restocks, new items, and preorders we laid in last week. It's time to get to it!
BOARD GAME GIVEAWAY
We're into our second and final week for the November Board Game Giveaway! CLICK HERE to go to the sign in page and find out more about it. We decided to theme this month's giveaway with the big holidays in November; Veteran's Day and Thanksgiving. In that spirit, we're giving away the complete version of the fun and entertaining World War II wargame Frontier Wars, and the premier Euro farming game Hallertau. Drawing is next Saturday, 13 November, so make sure you sign up today!
LOCAL SHOP IMPROVEMENT
Not only are we veteran owned, but we work with other local veteran owned small businesses too. It's not something I bring up very often, but it is something we're proud of. One of our close-knit relationships is with O' Dark Thirty Woodworks which is owned and operated by Jonathan, a good friend. As we are at the limits of our current store size I needed a solution to add capacity without it being tacky or overcrowded. We worked with Jonathan, discussed the possibilities, and then went with a wooden shelf solution.
As you can see in the photo below, they are not only practical and functional, but look fantastic as well. Extra bonus, our store now has nice wood scenting too!
Okay, even though he didn't ask us to give him a shout out, if you're local why not discuss your woodworking project with Jonathan to see if he can become 'your' go-to woodworker too? I can attest that he is great at taking your concepts and turning them into wooden gold, and his prices are very reasonable. As he's a one-person operation some things may take some time...but it's well worth it!
PLANS ARE COMPLETE
Talking about shop improvement, we received word late in the week that our shop plans had been finalized! I'll be swinging by on Monday to go over them one final time. You know, just to make sure everything's good to go. Then the next step is getting them approved by the local government.
For those who've been following this story, this has been a long time coming. We are so ready to get this moving! As I've mentioned before though, we haven't minded the slow roll too much as wood prices are too ridiculous around here right now for any kind of large construction project anyway. However, it's on to the next step for us at long last!
BLACK FRIDAY / SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY / CYBER MONDAY
It's hard to believe, but the big shopping weekend is almost upon us! Just a few short weeks away!
As you may recall, we did Free Shipping at $50 and above last year, but due to the numerous shipping increases that hit us since then we're anticipating something closer to $75. I don't know if that will have the same draw. Also, we wanted to do something a little different each day if we could get everything sorted out in time. The real issue with that concept is changing the banners and badging in a single day for four days in a row with just the two of us. Running the same promotion for the entire weekend is much more manageable. I'm still working through a few concepts though...
I also wanted to tell you that we are working on something a bit more special overall this year. First, we plan on having special deals for those who receive our newsletter, and we are currently trying to figure out a way to really highlight our best customers. I'll have more on all of that next week.
THE WRAP UP
Okay, enough news for this week! Below are the Restocks, New Items, and Preorders added to the shop last week. You can click on the item to learn more, and many of the products have review and gameplay videos so you can see the game in action. If you're visiting our page and you'd like to keep up with our giveaways, sales, new products, and articles like this one just create an account here. Once created you will be subscribed to our newsletter and become enrolled in our loyalty system, instantly earning 50 Stones that you can use on your very first order. A Stone? One Stone is equivalent to One Cent. That doesn't sound like much, but you earn 2 Stones for every dollar spent and 5 for each product review, so though it may seem small, those savings add up fast! Redeem your Stones upon checkout, and they can save you up to 10% off your cart total. Loyalty Matters!