Business Feature: Brad Finlayson & Game Point
With easy access to beautiful beaches, incredible outdoor adventures and thriving local communities, it’s obvious there are so many amazing reasons to live on the coast. But with our latest new segment, we are hoping to feature some of the businesses that support and connect the Sechelt Community.
To launch our Sechelt Business Feature Series, we decided to feature the amazing Brad Finlayson and his business Game Point, so we popped in to ask him a couple questions.
1. Can you explain what your business is all about?
We’re all about fun: tabletop games, video games, virtual reality, movies, game nights; there are people playing here almost all the time. We sell, buy, trade, rent, special order, all of these things. We have regular gaming events every day of the week, with a couple special events every week, shown on our monthly calendar.
2. Why did you start your business in Sechelt, and why did you decide to open a game store?
I feel like Sechelt is the best area for a business on the Coast. It has one main street and is more central than Gibsons for the lower Coast in general. I have been passionate about games since I was 5 years old and my Dad had an arcade. Ever since then I’ve been playing and creating games and it’s been my dream to open up a game store / design office. In fact, I almost opened up in Sechelt about 10 years previous in 2007, but realized it might be tough to finish publishing a game while running a retail shop. Fast forward 10 years ahead, and the game store idea becomes the continuation of the Sid’s Vids, the video store that was in Wilson Creek.
3. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in starting their own business in Sechelt?
For any business really, I would build up a community around the interest of your shop before opening. Do this online, or out of your home, whatever you can. Online sales has really damaged store front retail, and it’s hard to compete with price-wise, so you have to offer something special that one can’t get online: expert opinions, community hub, events, friendly atmosphere, willingness to special order, etc.
4. Can you tell us a brief story of your entrepreneurial journey?
I always wanted to design games, and studied Electronic Game Art & Design in the early 2000’s. Before then I had a Magic: the Gathering business selling singles, while working at my family’s antiques and collectables store. I then managed Sid’s Vids and started running games out of there. While there, I published Symetra, my first tabletop game. After Symetra I started working on my next game, Wizard’s WARdrobe, but then we had to close Sid’s Vids, and I decided to open up Game Point as soon as possible so there wasn’t a lull between the businesses and community that started there.
5. How do you balance your family and business life?
This is very hard, especially since we are open such long hours. Basically as soon as I get home, and before I open in the morning, I do whatever my family wants/needs. I have to schedule a lot of things that normally would just be done spontaneously.
6. Can you share a memorable moment in the history of your business?
The most memorable moment since opening the store was when we maxed out our seating at 32 players for a Magic: the Gathering event. This was also the last benchmark we needed to level up the store to Advanced that gets us a lot more prizes and promo material for the store.
7. What would you like Game Point’s legacy to be? What would you like to accomplish with your store?
To be a community hub for fun, creativity and connections that is open late and has a great vibe. Maybe even franchising in the future. I’ve had people ask about it.
Pop in to Game Point today and check it out! First person to go in and mention the Sechelt Life article gets a free 10 minutes of VR gaming.
Also, any Game Point members that Buy or Sell Real Estate with Neal or Tracy Uchida from SecheltLife.com will get a $500 credit at Game Point.
Call us at 604-808-8801 for more information and to arrange a free real estate buying or home selling consultation.
We will be featuring businesses in Sechelt Monthly. If you’d like your business to be featured, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org