After years of running a successful video game store in Ohio, Dan and Brandi Bailey have opened one on Baltimore Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Originally from Ohio, the Baileys moved to the Cape Region a few years ago with the intention of opening Game On! Video Games and More. The store is located next to CAMP Rehoboth.
“It took a while to reopen, but we’re here,” said Dan, smiling during a recent interview.
Brandi said they made the decision to move to the area after visiting friends.
“We fell in love with it here,” said Brandi.
The Baileys describe themselves as avid gamers. Dan said he has over 20 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. He worked for years at a GameStop before opening the original Game On! in Ohio.
The couple opened the Rehoboth store in July, in the middle of the pandemic. The lease was signed in March and it wasn’t ideal, but there was no real way to turn back, said Dan.
“At that point, what was the worst that could happen?” he said.
It may have been difficult to open a business during COVID, but Brandi said the online connectivity of video games has been a way for people to still get human interaction.
“We meet people from all over the country when we’re playing,” she said.
Dan said the focus for Game On! is new and used video games, and their accessories.
“We carry everything from Atari to the PlayStation 5, and all the obscure things in between,” he said.
Dan estimated the store has tens of thousands of new and used video games, adding that inventory changes frequently. There’s also a fairly wide selection of old gaming systems that are still in their boxes, he said.
Brandi said a lot of the business’ foot traffic is people trading in old gaming systems and games. She said they offer cash or store credit for trade-ins, at rates higher than GameStop. She said the business also does system repairs.
Brandi said some of the store’s selection is still in storage, because it moved with them from Ohio. The previous store was probably four times bigger than this one, she said.
Dan said the Game On! in Ohio had couches and televisions set up for customers to test out games. There’s a room where that could work here, he said, but it’s not set up yet. The goal is to have it ready by the end of the year, he said.
Game On! Video Games and More is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sundays. When the summer season hits, the store will be open every day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information on Game On!, 39 Baltimore Ave., Suite 1, call 302-493-3073 or go to its Facebook page at gameonvgm.