In a world full of online games and handheld devices, old-fashioned gaming seems to be making a comeback.
“With shows like “Stranger Things” and “The Goldbergs” that revolve around 1970s and 1980s pop culture, Dungeons and Dragons is getting more spotlight in pop culture and is enjoying a resurgence in popularity,” Joe Petri, owner of the newly-opened Gather and Game on Grant Street said.
Gather and Game offers hundreds of games to play or purchase- from Dungeons and Dragons and Settlers of Catan to Cards Against Humanity.
A $3 fee buys you unlimited play for the entire day. A yearly membership is also available for $25, which entitles holders to a year of unlimited play, plus ten percent off of retail.
The shop also has locally roasted coffee and snacks from fellow West Side business “Breadhive Bakery”.
Petri and his wife Jeanenne also own bookstore Westside Stories across the street.
“We’ve had the bookstore for about eight years,” Petri said. “The gaming piece has been a growing part of our store- the space across the street opened up and we knew we had to take the jump.”
Gather and Game opened in February, and Petri said the following is growing as word continues to get out.
“We already have kind of a following through the bookstore,” Petri said.
Petri’s family also lives on the West Side, and he said they’re excited to bring something else to the expanding Grant Street neighborhood.
“We love the West Side and we’re excited to bring something in our neighborhood,” Petri said.
Gather and Game is located at 212 Grant St.
It’s open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
There are special gaming events scheduled nearly every night, and tutorials of new games are held on Thursday nights.