Oogie Games started and remains a video game brick and mortar retail powerhouse in Western New York /Buffalo.
How we got started
It was 2005 and a poor college kid needed a cool present for his girlfriend. He settled on a Retro NES console, something she'd been hinting at for weeks. The problem was that in '05, NES consoles were fetching upwards of $80 on ebay. He found quite a few "as-is" systems for $20 or less and proceeded to teach himself the intricacies of NES repair. The present was a hit and soon this college kid was fixing up NES systems for friends, selling them on ebay and in the classifieds.
Ever the entreprenuer, it didn't take long to expand the business with a small booth at the local weekend Flea Market. Over the next few months, that booth grew from one table to three to an enclosed storefront and fixing NES's became just one of the many repairs he offered. It didn't take long for his little business to really take off!
What happened next?
Sensing an opportunity to go full time, after college graduation he opened his first store on Delaware Ave in Kenmore, NY. The little store was an ode to all things video gaming with all systems and games offered and system repairs still a cornerstone to his burgeoning business.
A conflict with the local village government over his store sign put the young businessman at a crossroads. He used the conflict as an opportunity to grow once again by opening a store twice the size around the corner that still operates at 2889 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda.
In 2010, it occurred to this young owner that if people in Amherst & Tonawanda liked his little store, people from all over WNY might like an Oogie Games in their neighborhood as well. Over the next 18 months, Oogie Games grew with 4 new locations in Lockport, Depew, Williamsville and the online E-Commerce store.
With the new stores came new opportunities. Our Private Party Rooms are the go to place for birthdays, bachelor parties, and even corporate events. Our mobile gaming units have been popping up at private parties and at public venues all over WNY.
With stores 15 minutes apart in the northtowns, the focus now is on new locations throughout the region. Our customers are always pointing out an underserved area and we are busy behind the scenes. There are plans for another 3-4 locations in the next couple of years so that everyone in WNY has an Oogie Games close by or they can shop here at OogieGames.com from anywhere!
Thanks for reading our story and we hope you enjoy your Oogie Games Experience! For more info on our retail stores, click a link to the left.