Cast your mind back to the 1980’s, and EmilY’s Nails in Waterlooville Precinct was GB Microland, purveyor of 8-bit silicon goodness of many flavours (and colours).
Most of my monthly pocket money went on saving up for and purchasing ZX Spectrum cassette tape games. Games purchased here include Durrell’s Jungle Trouble and US Gold’s abysmal Zaxxon conversion. Other purchases include a leaf-switch Kempston Joystick (I could only dream of owning the micro-switch version) and the ubiquitous QuickShot helicopter style controller.
The owners of the shop were Stewart and Bob, and were always up for a chat, unless they were having a bad day in which case they’d empty the shop and lock up for a bit of peace and quiet! I think it’s fair to say they were both larger than life characters.
GB Microland was the first place I’d seen and touched a Dragon32, an Oric 1, and Atari 800, but they weren’t a patch on my trusty rubber-keyed ZX Spectrum.
In the very early 1990’s I purchased an Amiga 500 (Batman Pack) from GB Microland. As a long term and frequent customer Stewart and Bob cut me a cracking deal with a discount off a 512MB expansion card (thank you chaps). I continued to return to the store to purchase Amiga games until I moved onto PC gaming.
No story about GB Microland is complete without mentioning The Baytree Bookshop’s computer section, but I am sorry to say that I don’t recall visiting it, possibly preferring the slickness of GB Microland’s layout with the large demo screens in the window and with banks and banks of computers ready to try.
Despite much searching, I am unable to find any photographs of GB Microland, there must be something out there somewhere?
Can anyone recall why GB Microland closed, and what happened to Stewart and Bob?