story about the business atmosphere in Nob HillOn an unassuming corner of a retail district in Albuquerque, NM is a business with paper covering the windows. A single banner is displayed in the window that shows a Meeple, a plus sign, a cup of coffee, an equal sign, and two question marks.

I think we all know where this is going.

The Empire Board Game Library will (hopefully) open this May. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the shop will feature more than 600 games from Monopoly to “games you’ve never heard of,” that can be rented while patrons sip their hot beverages. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gathering GroundsJust opened in the Denver suburb of Greenwood Village, Colorado is Gathering Grounds, the first kosher board game cafe. The menu is dairy (bagels, specialty coffees, sandwiches) and the restaurant is supervised by the Vaad Hakashrus of Denver (the Scroll K).

In terms of games, Gathering Grounds opened with a few hundred in its library—from family and party games like Dixit and Bananagrams, to strategy games like 7 Wonders and Agricola. The charge for unlimited borrowing privileges is $5 per day.

Gathering Grounds will also be opening a second location this April in Denver proper. I think I need to schedule a fact-finding trip!

Gathering Grounds Interior

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