My favorite FLGS closed this past Monday after a hard fight to stay open. The local community is mourning this loss... and working through our emotions to find a replacement home.
The store was a hub for many of us in the local gaming community - it was the only game store some of us frequented. The store's open tables, free tournaments, and late closing hours fostered a tight knit community of friends, not just a group of random players.
It's sad to watch an institution shutter its doors, especially after working alongside the great folks who put their hearts into running it. I spent two years behind the counter there. I learned to play Warhammer during my tenure - I'd never heard of the game before working there - and got to know some really great people I wouldn't have met any other way.