Come with us now, into the dangerous,
of Savanna, Justin, and Alf’s BoardRoom Cafe!
Maybe you’ll get lost there and never return, but you won’t be sorry when you open their door and find yourself surrounded by boardgames of all shapes and sizes, treats to make your eyes pop, hot and tasty food… and the sound of fun drifting about in every corner.
Perhaps there’s a mystery to solve, or a world to save, or just some laughs to be had with friends. In any case you can leave the boring, the mundane, and the work outside and step into a world of play.
Regardless of your motives, the exotic lattes and teas will surprise you, the atmosphere entice you and the people, well… the people will just fill you up with cheer.
Savanna and Justin have created an idea more than a place – and it’s all about what makes up the best parts of the words family and friends. Go there yourself, and see!
And while you’re there, pick up some Christmas gifts – there’s a plethora of games to choose from!
Here is our interview with them:
Tiff: What was the inspiration behind starting a board game cafe? What is your favourite part about what you do?
Justin: Board games were a family tradition that transformed into a mutual passion in our marriage. That passion combined with Savanna’s experience in hospitality… it made sense to mix those elements together into something that was our own. Alf brings years of business experience, administration skills and ties to the community that are invaluable. When we all decided to partner up, it truly became a family affair, and that makes it even more special for us.
Our favourite part of what we do is the sense of community we feel. Our customers are what make us get up every day.
Tiff: Tell us why you think life is better when you play board games? What is your favourite game?
Justin: Life can get pretty serious sometimes, and it’s easy to get caught up in being busy. Playing often gets overlooked as we get older, while spending our time ‘being adults’. We think it’s really important to hold onto that playful part of life, because it can be gone before you know it. We work hard, but it’s just as important to us that we play hard as well. That’s exactly what we often end up doing on our days off. It’s hard to pick a favourite game, but a few favourites include, Through the Ages, Great Western Trail, Fluster, Catch Phrase, and Heaven & Ale.
Tiff: Why did you choose to set up shop and live in Grand Forks?
Justin: Savanna was born and raised in Grand Forks, and after being away and travelling the world for 20 years, we decided to go back to some roots and settle down. Alf built the cafe building in 1991, and when it came up for sale it was too serendipitous to pass up. We had dreamed of doing a board game cafe for years, and with the support of family we were finally able to do it.
Tiff: What is your favourite part about living here in GF?
Justin: Our favourite part of GF is the sense of community. The feeling that ‘we’re all in this together’ lives here and no one thinks twice about helping each other out. This was not only very apparent during the flood, but we get to see it every single day.
Tiff: What types of Christmas gifts can someone buy at your store?
Justin: We have over 200 games, puzzles, gift cards (in any denomination that never expire) dice, hoodies, play passes (for future play), bumper stickers, geeky earrings, keychains, magnets, ornaments and more. We also have a promotion going on all of December where if you give bucks, you get bucks. For every $50 you spend in gift cards, you get 5$ for yourself.
So if you’re looking for some holiday cheer or some Christmas gifts, head on down to the Board Room Cafe – you can find it on Market Street.
Stay tuned this Thursday for our 10th entrepreneur! We’re working our way up to 12… and maybe even a bit beyond with some of the cool businesses we’ve found irresistible!