Juneau, AK (KINY) - One of the newest shops in Juneau caters to the tabletop gaming hobby that includes things like card games, board games, and dice games.
We dropped by The Dragon Den to talk to the owner, get a feel for the store, and the types of events and games they'll be supporting.
Owner Jack Bolin says that he started the shop as a way to foster a sense of community over the various games.
"The Dragon Den started out as an idea for just opening up a community game store here in Juneau. I would say I cater to everybody. I cater to parents with kids who want a way to connect with their child through a game that doesn't involve sitting in front of the TV."
Bolin was eager for a fun way to help people connect over something in a more active way, giving anyone something different to do in their free time and add to the offerings in the city.
“The Dragon Den started out as an idea for just opening up a community game store here in Juneau. I would say I cater to everybody. I cater to parents with kids who want a way to connect with their child through a game that doesn't involve sitting in front of the TV.”
“I also cater to young adults who want something to do in town, because as much as we love bowling and going to the movies, there is not much in Juneau for that like 14-25 crowd. Then I Cater to adults who want free time to spend with their spouse or their friends and a way to connect around a game or to just sit with your friends and do nothing and have a great time doing it.”
“That's that's the reason why I made the store.”
Those that are into Warhammer, Magic: The Gathering, or Dungeons & Dragons will feel right at home at The Dragon Den. They also host some video gaming groups on the weekends on occasion. Bolin also tells us that there are lots of items that he can special order.
He hopes to host events for those with passionate interests in their hobbies.
“I would say that my big hope it to not tank,” he said with a laugh.
“The store is a little hard to find, being located on the second floor of the Builders Plaza. My hope is that I can just have something that Juneau wants to support and in the same way I can have something that can help support Juneau.
“I want to do events for people. I want to run all sorts of little games. I want to introduce new card games or board games. It’s just a way do something with your friends that doesn't involve having to go and sit around and not interact with each other.”
“We live in Alaska. We do that enough.”