Meeples and Milkshakes Board Game Cafe, established April 2020 - the most amazing time in history to open a board game cafe!
Related: What is a board game cafe?
Opening a board game cafe has been our dream since 2014, shortly after we arrived in Penticton, BC. In the summer of 2019 we decided the time was right and we didn't want to put this off any further. We started working diligently on our business plan and on securing a great location to enjoy tasty food and drink while playing games.
In February 2020, after several attempts, we finally found the right location. Previously Spiro's Cubby Hole, our location is just right!
The deal closed in early March, approximately an hour before the NBA announced the suspension of their basketball season, now seen as the tipping point for the pandemic in North America. It wasn't long after that a Provincial Health Emergency was announced and dine-in service was ordered closed for all restaurants!
If life was a game of Dungeons & Dragons, we rolled a natural 1.
Undeterred, we have chosen to make the best of a tragic situation by pivoting towards local and online sales of board games and puzzles.
We'd prefer to be allowed to invite you into our cafe to enjoy games from our extensive library of games, to enjoy a tasty milkshake (believe us they're sooo good!), but we're proud to be able to offer you games to purchase, take home and enjoy until such time that is possible.
We appreciate the support of the City of Penticton to help us get our business license in this unprecedented environment.