Game Guy Video Games will let customers try out machines and games before they make a cash commitment.
Brian Harris, bass player by night and small business owner by day, is adding another act to Lawrence's secondhand scene by opening Game Guy Video Games.
The store at 7 E. Seventh St. will sell, buy and trade used video games and computer CD-ROMs, much like the used compact disc and clothing shops that dot downtown Lawrence.
As he and a helper were installing shelves and readying the basement-level shop for its anticipated opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Harris chatted about the concept of Game Guy Video Games.
The store will sell, trade and buy used Sony Playstation, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo and regular Nintendo systems and games as well as computer CD-ROMs and DVDs. Harris' new store, situated in what most recently was a vintage furniture shop, is an outgrowth of the Game Guy in Manhattan, which opened in 1993 and where Harris worked for four years.
The concept is simple, he said.
``You haul it down here, and we'll take a look at it,'' he said.
Customers either can sell or trade their goods. If they opt to trade, they'll get more bang for their buck.
To get started, Harris will borrow some inventory from the Manhattan store. But he doesn't think it will be long before the new store is fully stocked. After working for Manhattan store owner Tom Mahoney, the man behind the idea of Game Guy Video Games, Harris said it seemed like Lawrence needed such a shop.
Although he might not be able to take everything a gamer hopes to get rid of, Harris is willing to take a look at about everything. The best bet, he says, is for people to bring their used machines and games down for a look.
``I'm a little selective,'' Harris said.
Harris had never touched a controller before Mahoney talked to him about working at the Game Guy in Manhattan. The job fit around Harris' band schedule, and ``now I know everything about it.''
Harris plans to let customers sample games before they lay out their cash. Two TVs sat in boxes Thursday waiting to be put on display cases for demonstrations.
Games and systems at Game Guy come with a 90-warranty for defects, and Harris can do diagnostic testing and repairs on machines with simple woes.
Although he hasn't set his hours in stone -- Harris is waiting to see how business unfolds -- Game Guy will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. He'll keep the store open later Thursdays to match the hours of other retailers in downtown Lawrence. He also has a site on the Internet at www.game-guy.com.
-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.