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WPN Premium Showcase Gallery
Achieved WPN Premium August 2, 2019
"Our WPN Premium status is something we hold dear, as it fills us with pride and gives us the opportunity to offer our customers the best possible Magic experience including previews, exclusives, qualifying events and much more! Our Magic community is made up of all kinds: young and old, veterans and novices, professionals and families! We are proud to have created an environment that our customers find welcoming and enjoy spending time. We are thankful to the WPN Premium program for providing advice for improving the aesthetics and layout of our shop."
- Matteo Corti, Owner
Stores located in the U.S., Canada, Japan, and in some parts of Europe may apply for a Retail Improvement Grant to help secure WPN Premium designation, whether it’s a move, renovation, or expansion.
You propose what you need, and we'll determine how much we can cover—up to 50 percent of the total cost. Start your application today, and remember, your Retail Development Specialist is available to answer any questions.
Achieved WPN Premium February 21, 2020
"'Nostos' means 'homecoming' so I want everyone who comes into my shop to feel that sense of home. I designed my shop to be a bright, warm, clean, inviting space you want to spend time in. My shop has lots of windows and natural light, with a beautiful view of the Ipswich River from every seat in my play space! Submitting my shop for the WPN Premium process was daunting because it can be challenging to hear what things aren’t working when you have poured so much into your business but every change the committee and my WPN Business Development Specialist recommended had a purpose and elevated my shop and made it better. Now that I have achieved WPN Premium I can see how each change the committee recommended, whether big or small, has made a positive impact!"
- Krisy Viola, Owner
Achieved WPN Premium July 1, 2021
"WPN Premium has benefited the business by elevating the hobby gaming community in Tucson. Our players know when they come in, they'll have a positive, welcoming experience and colorful space to play. It's been an investment for the future. I'm most proud of our mural, a marriage of Sonoran desert meets fantasy, which is where Amazing Discoveries intersects. Another unique quality of our store is our open retail space with a tall ceiling and aisles that are easy to shop through."
- Dusty Ochoa, Owner.
Rain City Games
Vancouver, British Columbia
Achieved WPN Premium December 21, 2021
"We created our brand from the ground up after acquiring the business in 2017. With that brand we have a friendly, community-driven atmosphere in a large urban area. Working towards Premium has been the inspiration needed to accomplish tasks that were easy to put off, achieving that vision we always wanted for the business. "
- Andrea Robertson and Channing Guenther, Owners
Level Up - We Have Fun
Achieved WPN Premium June 2, 2022
"We were granted Premium status only a few months into being open, and the most immediate benefit has been increased visibility. This has allowed us to foster the growth of our community, events, and product sales. Our greatest point of pride has been our supportive and respectful community. Our aim is to accompany fans in their discovery of the world of games, offering wide-ranging and flexible services within the framework of a place for leisure and fun."
- Giacomo Fiorucci, Owner
Achieved WPN Premium June 30, 2022
"Working towards WPN Premium really had us look at all the tiny details that made a huge impact on providing superior customer experiences at Halcyon Games. One of those details was adding section signs. We didn’t really think we needed them in such a small space, but we went big, colorful, and playful. We are so glad we embraced the change because our customers can find things easier and they create a more welcoming ambience. Most importantly, we learned to constantly look for ways we can make small improvements every day. Perhaps, our best new feature is our logo wall in our play space that absorbs sound, which is especially helpful during rain storms and busy game nights."
- Frankie Wright, Owner.
Copperas Cove, Texas
Achieved WPN Premium August 15, 2022
"We view the WPN Premium status is a badge of honor that exemplifies our hard work and commitment to the business as well as the community. We want to let the community know that we go above and beyond and strive to be one of the best in the industry. One of the things we get complimented on a lot is that we are always growing and evolving, never staying stagnant, which is probably one of our most unique qualities."
- Armando Neblina, Owner
Elysium Cards and Games
Fair Oaks, California
Achieved WPN Premium August 26, 2022
"Elysium has had a focus since day one on inclusivity in the gaming space. The owner has been an avid gamer for most of his life, and as a queer man saw the issues with discrimination permeating even the hobbies he pursued. Now, thanks to the support of the community and the staff that assists the owner, Elysium is proud to be a safe haven for everyone who wants to game. While we already had a goal in mind to be a premier LGS, working towards Premium helped us improve our shop even more. We were pushed to organize better, install improvements for customers, and were able to commission work from a local artist thanks to the Retail Improvement Grant program. Now that we've achieved Premium status, we are seeing an uptick in attendance to our events and talk of our shop has even reached a few states away!"
- Tyler Selee, Owner.
The Iron Lion
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Achieved WPN Premium September 1, 2022
"Joining the network and achieving WPN Premium has been wonderful! We have a wonderful community of all types of TCG players. Our store has custom-made wooden tables for all of our TCG events as well as custom floor-to-ceiling wooden bookshelves for all of our supplies, Sideshow figures and comic displays. As well has having a custom wood & iron throne at the main entrance of the store! The Iron Lion staff ensures that our store upholds our family friendly environment while keeping it fun and competitive!"
- CJ Daniels, Manager.
95 Game Center
Achieved WPN Premium September 15, 2022
"We are brand new to the WPN Premium program but so far it has allowed us to detect and upgrade various items or displays in our store. This has undoubtedly further enhanced our end-user experience. We are especially proud of our customer and community engagement, as well as our digital kiosk system for trading card singles shopping."
- Brad Powell, Owner.
Modern Table Top
Achieved WPN Premium September 29, 2022
"Customers and staff are aware of our drive to become premium. This has put a lot of pride, structure and discipline into our staff. Customers constantly tell us how great our store looks and how well kept it is. This continues to drive customers back to us. We are proud of our customer service and how we treat everyone that walks in the door. People can feel a little uneasy the moment they walk into a store they have never been in and seeing so many people playing games. The way our staff greets them and answers their questions helps to alleviate that awkwardness for some new customers. We also love our D&D room. Our D&D players have been with us since we first opened and they volunteered to help build the room to the standard it is today."
- Christopher Wood, Owner.
Achieved WPN Premium May 2019
"The communication with our representatives from Wizards was amazing and fully supportive, which made any changes we needed to make very simple. Achieving Premium has given us a standard to be proud of and work hard to maintain, from customer service all the way through to the experience of our store and events. We are proud to bring a Premium Store to Tamworth and offer an amazing venue to host exclusive events for the Magic Community of the Midlands. For us it’s all about the experience!"
- Sharon and Mark Lawson, Owners.
Face to Face Games
Achieved WPN Premium June 2019
"WPN Premium isn't something you pursue just to check a box on a list from Wizards. Each angle of the premium program is really something that genuinely makes your business more friendly, accessible and marketable in general. If you hired a "marketing consulting firm" to help you improve your business, they would give you half the advice and help Wizards does, and then send you a $20,000 bill."
– Kelly Ackerman, Owner
Achieved WPN Premium December 2019
"The Path to Premium process was well structured, logical, and the excellent assistance from Wizards helped ensure that our application process was a positive and easy experience. The quality and space available in our new venue allows us to provide a truly Premium retail and gaming experience. The welcoming and inclusive environment that we foster as a WPN Prmeium store has helped us grow our Organised Play and Tournament scene."
- Andy Walpole, Manager.
Achieved WPN Premium November 2020
"Our Path to Premium wasn’t the easiest, we got turned down the first 2 times we applied! However, the committee feedback was clear on what we needed to improve on each time, and each point made sense in terms of improving our appearance and customer experience. We pride ourselves on building friendly and welcoming communities that help us introduce new people to the hobby in a supportive environment."
- Andy Morton-Foggon, Owner.
Baton Rouge, Lousiana
Achieved WPN Premium December 2020
"Through working towards WPN Premium we have really separated ourselves from our competition and we get compliments on our store almost daily. We also like the exclusives we get from being Premium as well. We are proud of our "grayscale" theme: how we used blacks, whites and grays in our flooring, walls and furniture."
- Tony Derbigny, Owner.
Achieved WPN Premium December 2020
"It felt really daunting at first, to try to get WPN Premium, but it was something we really wanted. Our specialist came and talked to us and let us know that it was going to be a lot of work, but in the end it was worth it. We ended up renovating our floors, and the Retail Improvement Grant that we got was a big help. People are really happy with how comfortable they are in the store now and how it looks. Even though we felt frustrated at times, we're very happy that we did it and are continuing to drive our store to be better each YEAR."
- David Rood, Manager.
Gremio de Dragones
Achieved WPN Premium December 2020
"Working towards Premium was not too hard at all and the investment is returned every time a customer congratulates us or comments on our awesome space. We're very proud of the quantity and variety of products we have, many of which can't be found anywhere else in Spain. Our status as a WPN Premium store helps inform our community the level of quality they will find here, and inspires us to keep improving our offerings."
- Paco Rubio, Owner.
Achieved WPN Premium September 2021
"We needed to improve our local store and it was very gratifying to know we could achieve WPN Premium. All the suggestions made by the agency were on point and made sense. We are proud of our customers and consider our community as a big family—every new customer is a new member our family!"
- Joan Grau, Owner.