"A store that stocks the neat stuff people make on-line that you wish you could see in-person."
That is a GREAT idea. Just things that people order online that you can buy in person is great! I actually had an idea of doing somthin like that, its more of things I would produce, sorta things you'd only see online. ex- Zombie pants, Style Goggles, insanly cool lookin head phones . . .
Dude you could even sell collectible character figures, each one having there own ability and things. Make like a board game out of it. With Rare figures and crap like that.
But U no since a lot of people were talking about things to do in there towns. I'll be honest with you I thought there was nothing to do in Long Island NY ...because of all the spoiled LI kids saying ...well "theres nothing to do here." But reading the other peoples comments about how theres ltterally nothing. lol. We've got tons I guess. Dave n Busters, Splish Splash, Lazer tag, paint ball, Sports places, mini-golfing. But it would be amazing if you opened one of those.
Though I do worry that a real life NG community would attract people really REALLY creepy people that should only have contact with over the internet. My advice -we already have an NG community online, make it something different ...target "the average creative person" to have a genuinely fun experience with friends.