Major wargaming retail stores have been closing in rapid succession over the past few years – witness The Emperor’s HQ in Chicago, Wexford Hill Hobbies near Dayton, and several other large facilities that catered to long established gaming communities. It is rare to see a merchant establish a new retail store devoted to wargaming, but my hat’s off to those brave souls that try the “brick and mortar” route to financial success. The latest newcomer to the retail scene is Dragonhead Distributors, which opened a store June 1 in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, north of Philadelphia. They have been a major distributor for several well known wargaming figure manufacturers, and have branched out into retail sales to augment their wholesale business.
The 1,200-square-foot facility is located at 422 Chestnut Street, Emmaus, Pennsylvania, 18049. It accomodates history buffs, historical miniature wargamers and board gamers, and military buffs in the eastern Pennsylvania region. Centrally located, it is an hour from Philly, 90 minutes from New York City, a little over an hour from Newark, and very close to Pennsylvania cities such as Allentown, Easton, and Bethlehem. Store hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Friday noon – 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Special hours can be arranged by appointment.
The inventory includes hundreds of military books (including a large selection of our-of-print books, with several Civil War titles). For miniature gamers, the store offers one of the largest stocks on the East Coast, featuring brands such as Minifigs and Vacu-Cast. Questions on specific products, directions, gaming events, and the like may be sent via telephone (store: 610-967-4058; cell: 610-657-4896) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). Their website is www.dragonheaddistributors.com.
Give them a try if you are in the area, or visit their website for more information!