The Game Piece is a growing Family Friendly Game Store located in Louisville, Tennessee. The business was founded on October 1st, 2016 and became open to the public on November 17th, 2016. The 1,150 square foot building has been separated between a retail section and four gaming rooms. The retail section has over a hundred board games, core rules for role playing games, and sealed product for popular trading card games. The gaming rooms were furnished with comfort in mind, and feature padded chairs and small tables that can be moved around to accommodate for any sized games (some games are comically large and may not fit).
The Game Piece was founded with a strong focus on Ray Oldenburg's third place theory. Oldenburg calls one's "first place" the home and those that one lives with. The "second place" is the workplace — where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are "anchors" of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. Some important characteristics of a third place are: free or inexpensive, food and drink offered, highly accessible (proximate for many), involve regulars, welcoming and comfortable, and both new friends and old should be found there. Our gaming space is free and open to the public, and our retail section sells a variety of snacks and drinks at affordable prices (below vending machine prices). We are located in a small commercially zoned location surrounded by residencies. Our employees engage with customers and will often teach or play games with customers.