Yippeeeeeeeeeee! So we have been given the go-ahead for our chosen venue and we are so delighted! It’s been an interesting journey, from viewing properties that needed so much work done to them that it would’ve been quicker to knock them down and start over, to losing two venues we had fallen in love with. We were just about ready to give up – I can tell you there are so few suitable commercial properties in Liverpool and then the moment you show interest in one, the price doubles, there are suddenly ten other people interested and for us as a start-up business it’s even harder to push through the competition… However, it’s been worth the agony and the wait… We’ve done it and we absolutely LOVE the place.
We were looking for a place within walking distance to all the important sights in Liverpool with good transport connections, where people would enjoy coming to, in an area with good parking (free after six in the whole area) that we could make our own. The previous owner has left the place in a bit of a mess, so we have to clear it all out (for example: there is bread still there from last year and I’m not going to tell you what colour it is now… ahem). We are knocking down a room and building a new kitchen from scratch into the newly made space and the heaters/lights need to be moved around and hopefully upgraded. Then comes the fun bit – painting and decorating it to make it your new favourite place!
As most of you have probably seen, we have also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get Sugar and Dice off the ground. We’ve pretty much maxed out our credit cards, especially after quitting our jobs to work on this full time almost a year ago. We have saved up for the rent and lots building work, but we are hoping for a little bit of help to upgrade the place to something really spectacular. The current lights are randomised and different strengths. Winter is coming – as Game of Thrones keeps telling us – and we want to make sure you can see those board games once those dark winter nights arrive. Tables are also a huge expense, but a necessary one – we want you to sit with your friends comfortably for a few hours and be able to fit your game, your dinner and your drink on the table without feeling squashed. We also want to move the radiators around and get a top oven so we can bake everything on the premises. A commercial dishwasher is another thing we really would love to have, so we have more time to chat to you all instead of washing up all day long. More information is on the Kickstarter website.
Our Kickstarter runs for another 5 days. We have made over half of the target and it’s incredible! Such a lovely feeling to know so many people are excited for all the gaming goodness in the cafe. We were featured on Independent Liverpool too and this has all helped to bring together a community of board game lovers in Liverpool.
We obviously then need to fill the place with shelves and shelves of amazing board games. As we will be putting our entire collection into the shop, we are already wondering what to with all the space we will soon have in our living room – haha!
The full address will be revealed in a few days – but I can tell you that it’s near the Albert Dock and is about four minutes walk from Liverpool One. We are so so soooooo excited to meet you all there soon!