We are a husband and wife team who are passionate about board games and even more passionate about community! We met through board games and have continued to explore the hobby together ever since. We believe that board games promote communication, social interaction, problem solving, creativity, and just plain fun, and want to help others discover the vast and changing world of modern board games.
We began with a weekly board game meetup in August 2016 at TOOLRY, a Coworking space in the Riverview Artspace downtown. After testing the waters for six months, we made Meeples an official business in January 2017. We were open every weekend, with open play, meetups, tournaments, and other special events, while growing our 200 game library and expanding our business. Unfortunately it didn’t last; after another six months, the space we were subleasing from closed, forcing Meeples to move or close as well. We decided to take time to look for a long-term solution and financial investment to open Meeples full-time, and after a long search, we had all but given up hope.
After about a year without too much progress, we decided to shelve Meeples for awhile and save up the capital ourselves. However just as we were about to move on, the opportunity fell in our lap to partner with Bean Tree Cafe and open the games portion of the business in the Cornerstone area, while directing people to them for food and drink. We were there for almost a year to the day, before we outgrew the 1200sqft space and we had to look to expand, a great problem to have! It was an awesome year and we will always have fond memories of our first “real” home.
That brings us to our current location, right up the street from Cornerstone. With 3000 sqft, multiple rooms, and FINALLY our own cafe, we look forward to calling this space home for a long time. We are currently operating the same as before, with just a $5 cover charge for the day and access to all of our (now 750!) game library, along with special events, tournaments, etc. And we are finally offering membership options!
Each day provides us with new opportunities to get to know customers and expand our business even further, and our customers have been an amazing family, cheering us through the growing pains and helping us every step of the way. We hope you’ll become a part of our community as well! See you soon!