I know I don't do this as often as I should, but I would like to make a special mention to the several GameStop locations and the two A-1 Comics shops I've been to over the years and I'd like to make a special mention to a few locations; a personal referral if you will. So far, I've only run into a few stores here in California, one in Oregon and another in Washington, but from what I've seen, they've all proven themselves to be upright and dignified places of business that also lent themselves to a laid-back atmosphere so as to not let customers feel uncomfortable. Heck, the staff at all these different stores have been very inviting, and I'm sure they'd appreciate the positive shoutout.
I'll start with A-1 Comics. I know that it was a bit difficult to get on their good side from a business standpoint, but over time and after getting to know some of the staff that worked there, I'd definitely say that they're fully knowledgeable of their wares and if you're looking for a place to get some comics, they provide A-1 service.
5361 Auburn Blvd
818 Sunrise Ave.
As for GameStop, I've mentioned that I've been rather familiar with their business and I have to say, if you have any questions on gaming or are in need of a good recommendation, you'll be set in any one of these locations. The first one listed is a prime location, one I frequently go to, whereas all of the other locations I would say that while I don't shop there terribly often, their business is bar none. Unfortunately, I've lost my last receipt from the location in Vancouver, WA; but I can say that they did quite a good job with business. My only complaint was that when I went to pick up a game (my collector's edition of Catherine which has since been covered in voice actors' autographs) was that business felt hurried along, but otherwise they did a good job with business.
6306 Garfield Avenue Sacramento, CA
1450 Lead Hill Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95661
1151 Galleria Boulevard
Roseville, CA 95678
12000 Southeast 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97086
For now, these are the only places that I'd definitively give a word of praise to, but I'd be happy to put in a good word for other businesses looking for a shoutout. If I see the place is inviting and makes the fans feel at ease or at home, then by all means, I'll make a special mention on the site. Till then, either try and keep a hold on your wallets or sink into impulse. Whatever you decide, you've got my word that these places are good people.