Updated: Jul 6, 2018
I traveled to Toronto for a work trip and on this trip, I made it a personal goal to visit an iconic board game café. (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/31/travel/toronto-cafes-board-games.html). I had heard about this place from my brother and read about it on social media articles a few years prior.
This Toronto concept was founded about 8 years ago, leading to the creation of 20 board game café/bars in the Toronto area at one point in time. As I walked up to the door, there was a rather large clustering of people outside. I quickly realized they were all waiting to be seated on a chilly Tuesday night. Since I was a party of one, I chose to seat myself at the bar and take in my surroundings.
The atmosphere is truly one-of-a-kind, warm and similar to a hipster-style library, except the shelves were overflowing with board game boxes. I observed the room and there were all types of people – college kids laughing, while sipping beer – couples enjoying their dinner while playing a light-hearted card-style game. This experience made me question two things 1) would this be successful across the US and 2) why isn’t there a similar place in the DFW area. We won’t delve into all the details of our curiosity but the research has led us to where we are today–attempting to create a place where people can engage with one another in a meaningful manner and build a memorable experience. We recognize how great of an opportunity this could be. We’re not the inventors of this concept but where we lack in originality, we believe we can add our own flair to a fledgling concept.
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When I was in high school, my biggest aspiration was to become a professional tennis player. Thankfully, I was brought down-to-earth by my family, ex-girlfriend, and pretty much anyone I told the idea to. Now more than a decade later, I’m making another crazy proclamation. I’m extremely blessed to have married my soulmate, one who does not hold back her honesty, especially when I’m being ridiculous. When I initially told her about my experience in Toronto and how I was shocked that a solution had not been provided to the DFW area, she said to me, “Why don’t you start one?” I initially thought SHE was crazy but after some introspection, I realized she was right. I needed to stop complaining about how I missed the train on an opportunity and capture it. Her push meant that we were onto something, not some unattainable childhood dream, but the chance to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing.
And now here we are, announcing our leap of faith. This is my story and I'm excited to finally share it with you!
Be on the look out for future posts to hear from the talented group of people who will make this dream a reality.