Charlottetown's first board game café opens
Small Print Board Game Café offers 300 games, including all the classics
A popular trend in the café business has come to Charlottetown, with the opening of the Island's first board game café.
The Small Print Board Game Café opened its doors on Grafton St. Friday, offering the usual beverages and snacks, but also there are 300 different board games customers can play.
"It's nerve-wracking but also exciting," said co-owner Jennifer Campbell of opening day. "We like to see the energy in the room so we're excited to see how it ramps up."
Board game cafés have become popular all over North America, as adult customers get to relive their youth, and younger players simply enjoy the atmosphere for their usual gaming.
If a game looks interesting, you don't even have to read the rules, that's what the staff, or "game gurus" are there for.
"A guru can help you select a game, teach you a game, and go through a couple of rounds," said Taylor. "Or if you know the game that you want, you can go right ahead."
The café features a new kitchen and bar, plus large, custom-made red oak tables, perfect to set up the board of choice.
Then you can settle in, and make yourself at home.
"People can stay and play for as long as they'd like, they can have candy bowls to popcorn to a latté or an espresso, or a beer," said Taylor.
All the current games are on hand, plus most of the old favourites from those summer nights at the camp ground.
The owners did a trial run of the space earlier, holding a soft opening over a couple of nights to work out the bugs, with an invited crowd.
"They were non-judgemental friends and family, and the bottom line was they had fun, so that's all we cared about, really, at the end," said Campbell.
With files from Lindsay Carroll