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It was a simple concept: offer a bright atmosphere where families and kids can feel just as comfortable as the seasoned gamers.  Turn the idea of a retail store on its head by incorporating a “community center” vibe.  Make everyone who walks through the door feel as though they have a whole new group of friends—and a place to get to know them through the interactive art of gaming.

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That idea became a reality in November 2009 when Petrie’s Family Games opened its doors.  Owned by Cameron and Rebecca Crawford along with Cameron’s father, Ralph, the team at Petrie’s wants to give you the opportunity to get to know your community through events and the free use of game tables.  Play, interact, grow… that’s the model.

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And grown it has. Every year, Petrie’s expands its growing pool of gamers who want to support the concept of a community center for gaming hobbyists of all ages. With it’s revolutionary volunteer program, Petrie’s Family Games continues to be able to staff large programs and run a wide variety of titles thanks to caring people who simply want to connect with others.

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Colorado Springs is the perfect venue for this store.  Cameron was born and raised here, and has watched the local gaming culture through its many ups and downs over the past 30 years.

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“The idea for Petrie’s came during a lunch meeting ten years ago with a group of established local game clubs,” Cameron said in a recent interview.  “At that time, there was a definite need for a game store on the east side of town. The gaming group I was in–which had been established when we were just kids—had expanded significantly. It was suggested that if any of us was to own a game shop, it would be me, because I wasn’t the most hard-core gamer in the group. I had more of a ‘host’ personality.”

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Now that Petrie’s has become a reality, Cameron is pleased that it fills a very important void in the local gaming market.  “For years, the game stores in town had no children’s section to speak of,” he says.  “And the stores that did offer children’s products were sorely lacking in games for teens and adults.  Why couldn’t a game store be all-inclusive and provide titles for people of all ages? That’s what brought ‘family’ into our name.”

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Beyond offering an impressive selection of specialty games for all age groups, Petrie’s is the place you can go to experience those games.  In other words, we aren’t interested in just selling you a game and sending you on your way.  We want you to come back and enjoy those games, either through casual interaction with other players or through a variety of special events and tournaments.

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With the volunteer team fully in place, special events can now be the single most important component of the store’s mission, because they foster relationships with the community and provide patrons with opportunities to try new games and have different experiences.

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So who is this “Petrie,” anyway? The name refers to Rob and Laura Petrie, the lead characters on the beloved Dick Van Dyke Show. The Crawfords want their customers and friends to feel as comfortable in the store as they would in someone’s family room—and without question, the most friendly and inviting family room in history is the one found in Rob and Laura’s New Rochelle house. It was a place where friends would gather weekly for cards or charades, and that concept has been given a modern spin at Petrie’s Family Games. Everything at Petrie’s has been carefully designed to give everyone—regardless of age, gender, or experience—a fun and enjoyable place to hang out.  So from us to you… welcome!

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7 comments

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  • Marcus

    I’ve been going to Petrie’s for about 7 months now, and I have trouble thinking to go anywhere else! The atmosphere is always so inviting!

  • petriesfg

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words! And if you ever feel the atmosphere change, please let us know.

  • Alex

    I was so glad to find that you didn’t close and had just moved to North Union! You’re a great business owner who is meeting the specialized needs of gamers in Colorado Springs. May the Lord continue to bless your business!!!

  • cory kennedy

    I’ve been going to Petries basically since it opened in 2009. I was 14 and my dad just taught me how to play Magic:The Gathering and so we went to Petries to try some tournaments and get some cards. I fell in love with the place and went every Friday from then onward. when I pop in on other days I do see a different gaming group every time so it really is a home for everyone, no matter age or game genre that interests you. Plus Cameron and I have developed a great relationship over the last 7 years. The store and its owner can be described the same way: totally awesome!

  • Ryan

    One of the best game stores I’ve been to, and I’ve been to a lot. Good atmosphere, doesn’t smell like funky gamers, nice inventory, good people.

  • petriesfg

    Thank you Ryan. Anti-Gamer-Funk is one of our top priorities.

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