Haven Philly – Philadelphia’s first board game Coffee Shop
Board game cafes and coffee shops are opening all around the world - yet there are still limited options to Philadelphia. The physical design of Haven will feature sufficient space for people either using a table to play a game or sitting just to enjoy our quality gourmet coffee, pastries or other small bites. The décor is to welcome customers and rival their own living room. It’ll be a place the businessman, student and the parent will feel comfortable and will visit again.
To offer an affordable, social gaming experience in an atmosphere that combines the coffee house ambiance with the coziness of home. Come play a game, study for an exam, work on a project or chat with a friend.
What makes a board game café special?
Aside from offering all the good things of a standard café, such as delicious coffee and snacks, we will have a library of hundreds of exciting board games to play.
Haven will have dedicated staff members on hand to recommend a game for you and then teach you how to play it. Feeling comfortable enough? Just grab a seat, browse the shelves for your game and get cracking! We aim to cover all genres - from family classics such as monopoly and cluedo, to modern hits such as Dead of Winter, King of Tokyo and Sheriff of Nottingham. In fact, we welcome any suggestions from our backers and will be constantly adding new games to the library once we open.
For just $5 per person you and your friends will be able to play any amount of games for four hours! Haven will also have a selection of your favorite games to buy and take home. Great for continuing the fun at home or introducing a friend to the world of gaming!
Do you mean Monopoly and Backgammon?
Haven will have lots of copies of all the classic games -- Chess, Cluedo, Scrabble. But we’ll also have lots of modern games, where you work with your friends to save the world, or against them to rob a train. You might like the idea of lying to your friends about who the village werewolf is, or rolling dice to see who the best monster is. Into Game of Thrones or Star Wars, Harry Potter or Fallout? We have games that cover all those too.
We are going to try to have the very best copies of games as well as special editions of signatures such as Scrabble and Monopoly. Maybe even a special chess and domino collection if this Kickstarter campaign goes well.
Stop saying WE!!!!
Haven is designed to be a family cafe. Chris is a complete gaming and technology nerd and feels very comfortable surrounded by board games and network processors. He is responsible for looking after all our technology needs and training our staff on all our game options. Marcus is a strategist, educator and accountant, so if there is a game that deals with money, trivia or world domination, he is all about it. Between us, and our advisors, we are preparing for Haven to be a place for everyone.
Why Are We Doing It?
As discussed above, we both have a passion for board games but we also recognize a need in the community we are looking to serve. Philadelphia is worldly known for cuisine, history and experience, but much of this is secluded to more affluent parts of the city. The community we will operate in has limited coffee shop options and represents a burgeoning residential area that will continue to see more investment and opportunity for the foreseeable future.
We are prepared to dedicate ourselves to you and the community. Haven will be something the tabletop gamers of Philadelphia and surrounding region can be proud to call their second home and recommend to their friends and family.
What else will Haven offer?
As a hub for socializing, Haven will host different types of events including: Game designer workshops, themed parties, tournaments and more! Additionally, we are working with local food and beverage suppliers to ensure the best quality produce at reasonable prices. Haven aims to have a positive impact on the local community and will be exploring all opportunities to partner and work with organizations where applicable.
What are your opening hours?
Haven will open Monday, Wednesday through Friday from Noon to 10PM, and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) hours are 10AM to 10PM. You can pop in for a coffee and light bite during the day or settle down for a full evening of fun.
On weekday, after 5pm, Haven will allow BYOB and customers will be able to play game while enjoying alcohol they are allowed to bring in. On weekends, Haven Philly will be BYOB after 3pm.
It sounds great...where will you be?
We are currently looking at locations within a two mile radius of University City, Philadelphia. University City is home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University which at any given moment matriculates more than 50,000 students. Focusing on the West Philadelphia area provides us access to this population as well as an urban community absent of high quality coffee shop options. We are in contact with all of the local commercial property agents and hope to be able to announce our location soon.
While we are investing a large amount of private capital, we need your help to create our full vision! We will not be personally drawing any money out of the café, so all of your funding will go directly into making Haven the best it can be.
We will use this funding to renovate the venue to the required standards, grow the board game library and purchase the necessary equipment to offer a full food and drinks menu.
See the available funding options below. In addition to these rewards ALL HAVENITES will receive an extra free board gaming session for themselves! This includes the 'Supporter' and 'Your First Visit' levels.
We will be offering all physical rewards as add-ons, so if you want to get multiple rewards for family and friends, or you want to customize your order, you just have to over-pledge the amount for the items you want! These can be collected from the coffee shop itself or posted to you for an extra $5.
Risks and Challenges
We have put a considerable amount of time and effort into Haven so far and have a comprehensive business plan that has been interrogated by several business advisers. We have also met with a range of experts for advice on property, marketing and retail. Between the owners and our board of advisors, we have expertise in project management, accounting, coffee, interior design and human resources.
Our biggest issue so far has been finding the perfect venue and we are working day and night to try and achieve this. Having the financial support from a successful funding campaign will enable us to commit to a property as soon as it becomes available.
We really appreciate your support during this crucial stage - so please pledge what you can and spread the word about Haven on social media!
ESTIMATED DELIVERY: October 2019
Get In Touch
If you are as excited as we are about the project and want to get in touch, contact us via our Facebook page or email: email@example.com
Risks and challenges
There's always a variety of risks when it comes to opening a new establishment. Haven Philly will be faced with those same risks when it comes to funding, gaining trust of the community, advertising, etc. On the flip side, are a team of dedicated entrepreneurs that spent the last year brain storming, researching, investigating and developing a business plan that will enhance the chances of success.
We appreciate your support and know that your contribution and backing of our cafe lessens the risks and enhances the opportunity of creating a comfortable and inviting space for people to enjoy.
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