Nelson couple roll the dice on quirky board game eatery

2019-06-11 05:30:15

Fancy a spot of Scrabble with your latte, or challenging your coffee date to Connect Four? Then Nelson's newest cafe could be for you.

Nelson's "first board game cafe" will launch on Thursday morning, giving cafe-goers access to 20 different games - with more to come.

Church St cafe Flock has new owners Phil Wood and Sarah Shaw who took over the business in May.

They had always planned on converting the eatery into Flock Board Game Cafe and have been buying up games on line.

They hope to attract players from all over the region and across age ranges.

"We are going to have a wide variety of games, so hopefully it will appeal to everyone," Shaw said.

Shaw and Wood discovered board game cafes living in the UK.

Wood said he always wanted to start a business, and decided a boardgame cafe in Nelson was the perfect fit.

"A board game cafe was something that was a bit different and it's fun."

Board games were having a resurgence and believed the concept had grown in popularity because people were trying to reduce their screen time.

Shaw and Wood have planned for more than just board games, the cafe has books and they were also planning a range of events including singles nights and board game competitions.

Flock isn't the only board game cafe in the country. Both Wellington and Auckland have their own board gaming eateries and bar.

Other cafes charge per hour for access to the games. Flock will not charge for the first few months but eventually plans to introduce a $2 per hour board game fee.

They plan to stay open on Thursdays and if that proves popular they may look at other nights.

Wood and Shaw made the announcement on social media and received a very positive response.

For punters wanting a side of excitement with their food, non-traditional board games too are on offer too - including Boganology, Exploding Kittens and Cards Against Humanity.

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