Steven HolowienkoSteve is the owner of Griffons Lair Game Shop, LLC. He is a long time miniatures player and loves historical miniature games especially. Rocco YoculanRocco is our sales guru and painting teacher. He is an avid rules collector and gamer of many genres.Stephen LandisStephen takes the lead on Star Wars related games, as well as other sci-fi and fantasy games, such as Conquest and Age of Sigmar.Gregory OlszewskiGTO is our audio talent and proofreader, as well as being involved in our upcoming podcasts.Crystal DunkertonCrystal runs the 1651 location and publishes our Erie newsletter and manages Discord channel.Ken HolmstromJames “Lemon” KuhnMaKenna SandersJohn KolbasSusan Nesgoda
The Empire Strikes Back!
The Griffons Lair is a tabletop game shop offering RPGs, miniatures games, board games and card games. We have semi-private game rooms and plenty of play space between our three locations. Come on down and check us out!The owner, Steve, previosuly was part owner of a game shop in Las Vegas (Empire Comics and Games, LLC) that was initially established in 2014. A rather successful and very enjoyable endeavor built the business over several years. As it sometimes happens, disagreements over business practices led to discontent and Steve departed from Empire Games in late 2016 and moved to Erie, PA. After some time, the decision was made to dive back into the industry and The Griffons Lair Game Shop, LLC was born. Finding a quaint little space which offered desired amenities and strategically located next to Virgil’s Pizza (game stores and pizza go hand in hand), the die was cast and Griffons Lair was opened in November of 2017.The original shop featured 1200 sq. ft. of space including a main retail area with gaming space as well as two semi-private rooms for RPGs, board games, card games and miniatures. After a year of growth which exceeded expectations, plus a rapidly filling space for new product, Griffons Lair moved to our current location on West 26th. The new location had an expanded retail area, room for more tables and a semi-private gaming area as well. After two years there, it was apparent that the community was growing and Griffons Lair was once more running out of room. More customers and more games meant more space would be needed. CoVid-19 intruded on plans and delayed our expansion, but in the end it worked out as it gave the business an opportunity to acquire space on the opposite corner of the same block,Our expansion at 1645 West 26th Street is still ongoing as we continue to make improvements and opened for business April 30th, 2021. We have 12 tables available for events at the dedicated miniatures location. Meanwhile 1651 has been able to dedicate more space to our Heroclix community and expand further into board games, card games and RPGs. We now have signed up as a WPN store and will be offering Magic: the Gathering pre-release events.Our miniatures tables come in 4x4 and 4x6 and are combinable to make 4x8 and 6x8 tables. Griffons Lair offers free open game play space and regularly hosts Organized Play events, leagues, escalation events, and tournaments. If there’s something we don’t have, let us know and we will get on it!
Welcome to the Griffons LairThe Griffons Lair Game Shop is dedicated to supplying and promoting tabletop gaming, including especially miniatures games at our new 1645 West 26th locations, and also new growth in board games, role-playing games, card games and collectible card games.Product is available at either of our Erie, PA stores or online here at our website.
And now we have another location in Pittsburgh. There is over 1000 square feet of retail space and a large game room, which will have more than 20 tables available for play, painting and more. Griffons Lair offers a unique membership program for customers, excluding snacks (we have a special deal for those too, don’t worry). Contact the store for details.Griffons Lair regularly vends at great game conventions like LVO, Adepticon, Little Wars, Cold Wars, Nova Open, Historicon and Fall In. We have even started up our own local conventions. InfernoCon NE was launched in 2022 and in 2023 we are adding two more conventions for the Erie, PA area.This years expansion plans have seen us move our shipping and receiving operation to a dedicated warehouse space of their own and also begin a storage and fulfilment business. We have already partnered with Battlefront / Gale Force 9 in this area and finalizing deals with other manufacturers to assist their logistics needs. For international manufacturers, we can be your “Gateway to the States”!The Griffons Lair is a game store for gamers - by gamers. We strive to make the store into what you, the customer, desires. The Griffons Lair will work with the local community to bring the best in gaming, events and fun. After all, what else is a game store supposed to be but fun. “The Empire Strikes Back” in a new form, but with the same old dedication to strong principles. We hope you enjoy the adventure!