Preston’s first board game cafe is now officially open, featuring around 300 games for customers to enjoy, whether you’re into crushing your opponent or strategic cooperative games.Advertisement
Dice and Donuts owner Millie Lavelle, winner of the Business Investment District’s (BID) Guild Merchant award, was excited to see her food retail background and love for board games culminate in the recent “dream” opening.
She said “It was amazing to see so many people come down for the opening and the cutting of the ribbon.”
The shop is located at 6 Butler Street, Preston, near the train station, and open from 11am to 11pm, except on Wednesdays and Sundays. Millie and her staff will always be on hand to play with customers and assist with board game rules as well as serving food and drinks.
The table-top gaming cafe concept came about after the success of the Preston Table Top Day in April, organised by the 34-year-old, which attracted over 200 people from as far as the Pennines.
Dice and Donuts was also partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign which raised over £6000. Thanking the 220 backers Millie said: “they’re phenomenal, it’s amazing to have all their names on the wall here in the shop, it just reminds you every day that these people want to see you succeed.
“It really wouldn’t happen without them.”
She also praised the financial support from the BID and from her mentor Norman Tenray, CEO of the OBAS group in Longridge, Preston.
Millie hopes the local communities’ interest in table top gaming will help Dice and Donuts grow adding: “since Monopoly there have been so many innovations and new styles of games, I just want people to come down and try something new.”