So I just visited the Myer-Emco that's interested in hosting us, and I think we should give it some serious though and wanted to hear what you guys thought.
The manager of the Myer-Emco in Clarendon is really excited about the idea of hosting us - they've got a decent amount of space and are happy to accommodate with tables, chairs and power strips - he even wants to bring in refreshments for the event. I think it could be a cool opportunity to not just meet each other but also get a little exposure to a broader consumer audience.
They even have some decent kit there - I noticed and commented on a setup he had running through a Peachtree Nova. He seems a little bit like one of us hifi nerds at heart who would love to meet some of us and demo some cool gear in his store - he had the idea of contacting Sennheiser and seeing if they'd be interested in sending him some gear for the event (which may be unnecessary depending on what Head-Fiers bring, but is nice gesture nonetheless).
Let me know what you guys think. I know it's a little unorthodox and I'm happy to do it in a library or wherever if folks aren't up for it, I just thought it was an interesting option for us.