Ready for family game night?
A Matthews couple has turned their passion for family-friendly card and board games into a business.
Timothy and Rebecca Burgess opened Your Local Game Store last month at 300 E. John St., suite 110, across from the Matthews Post Office.
The shop stocks traditional family favorites like Life, Battleship and Monopoly, but also offers more unusual options such as Apples to Apples and The Settlers of Catan. Tabletop war games and other strategic or role- playing games also are available.
At the shop, customers can purchase games off the shelf like traditional stores or choose to play a game or two at one of the shop’s 4-foot- by 8-foot tables. In-store play from the shop’s game library is $5 per game or customers can buy a $20 store credit, which gives them the option to play multiple games all month long.
Want to learn a new game? The couple will offer a free demo. And area residents can bring their own family-friendly board or card games and play inside for free.
The goal of the store is to create a gathering place for people who love games, Timothy Burgess said. The couple got the idea for the store from a similar shop they visited while living in Utah.
“When we moved there, we didn’t know very many people and decided to get out and go to the local game store,” he said. There we got to know tons of people. We really like the community aspect of it.”
And that’s what they want in Matthews — a place where anyone can come in and join others in game playing.
“We want that community feel so people can feel good about coming in and playing games here even if you don’t know the other players,” Timothy Burgess said.
The shop will offer special themed nights and has set a Date Night from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 10.
Your Local Game Store is open Monday to Thursday noon to 10 p.m., Friday noon to midnight and Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight.
For more information, call 704-729-4547 or visit www.yourlocalgamestore.com.
Sports center just for kids coming to Matthews
Matthews will soon be home to an athletic facility made just for kids.
Local architect David Hite has partnered with his mom, Julia, and business colleague and local basketball coach George Batson to open Nano Sports, a multi-sports facility geared toward kids ages 4 to 10.
The business at 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road will offer basketball, tennis and volleyball courts redesigned for its pint-sized players, courtesy of Hite’s architecture background. Local instructors will teach the classes and Hite said the courts also will be available for churches, schools and home school groups to rent for their own children’s leagues. Co-owner Batson is a basketball coach at Grace Academy and has previously coached at Covenant Day School in Matthews, Hite said.
The idea for the business came after Hite sent his 5-year-old son to basketball camp.
“Even lowered as far as it could go, the basket was still too tall and they were using these huge balls,” he said. “I could just see how kids could get frustrated. And I thought ‘What if we reduced everything?’”
At Nano Sports, kids will use equipment geared toward them. Hite hopes that if kids learn to love sports early they’ll stay active and healthy into their teens. Their motto is “Sports that fit.”
“We want kids to love sports and stay active,” he said. “We’re hoping others will enjoy it and see the benefit.”
Registration for its January tennis sessions begins Nov. 15.
For more information, call 704-708-9133 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa stops at Holiday Haus Nov. 17
The Holiday Haus, 159 N. Trade St., in downtown Matthews, will offer free photos with Santa from 1 to 4 p.m. during its holiday open house Saturday, Nov. 17. Visitors should bring their own cameras.
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., also includes door prizes and giveaways.
For more information, call 704-849-7098.
Daphne’s celebrates new location
Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery will celebrate its new location at 7609 Matthews-Mint Hill Road with a grand opening Friday, Nov. 9 featuring free food and door prizes.
From 9 to 11 a.m. visitors can enjoy free mini cheddar biscuits, mini scones and muffins. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. visitors will find light refreshments including Buffalo wings by Big Guys Pizza, sausage cheddar balls, cracker canapés and more.
Refreshments also will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. along with a free coffee tasting by Magnolia Coffee.
The family-owned and operated bakery moved from the McEwen Shopping Center, more than tripling its space to about 1,600 square feet. The extra space allows for a large kitchen, but also gives customers a place to sit and eat.
For more information, call 704-573-5100.
Kirkland’s hosts job fair
Kirkland’s will be hosting a job fair Friday, Nov. 8 to fill part-time positions for its new store in Matthews.
Interested applicants should visit the Comfort Inn and Suites, 10415 Centrum Pkwy., in Pineville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The jobs are temporary, holiday positions, company spokeswoman Erin Mercer said. Kirkland’s plans to make permanent position offers at the end of the holiday season to 15 to 18 employees.
All of the management positions have been filled, Mercer said.
The home décor chain has signed a lease for 9,000 square feet of space at 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy. next to Target and A.C. Moore. The business expects to be open in late November or early December.
Applications are also available online at www.kirklands.com.
Food drives to benefit Matthews HELP Center
Two local businesses will host food drives this month to benefit the Matthews HELP Center food pantry.
Matthews Family Chiropractic, 8909 Northeast Pkwy., in Matthews, will offer free health services to new patients who donate at least three nonperishable
items from Monday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Nov. 16.
Patients will receive a free spinal examination, X-rays and a chiropractic adjustment, if necessary.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 704-845-0699.
The UPS Store, 10020 Monroe Road, suite 170, will offer a $5 discount card for packing services to customers who donate at least five nonperishable items Monday, Nov. 12 to Saturday, Nov. 16. The location is also planning a second food drive in December.
UPS is open Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 704-841-1062.
Big Guy’s raises $500 for breast cancer walk
Big Guy’s Pizza in Mint Hill raised more than $500 during its third annual raffle fundraiser to fight breast cancer.
This year’s proceeds will benefit Charlotte’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, which uses the money to help local breast cancer patients.
With help from other area businesses, the shop raffled off gift cards and merchandise from Big Guys, Monroe Hardware, The Hill Bar & Grill, Daphne’s Simply Southern Bakery, McCarthy Tire & Automotive Center, Hairy Carey and more.