Since school has started back up and students are in need of a place to hangout, a local cafe would be the ideal spot to go. For the University of Nebraska Omaha student, Jordan Summers, this is exactly where she goes.
“Spielbound is my favorite place to go with my friends. It’s a really relaxing atmosphere and you can come here if you want to study or if you want to play some board games all day long. You can just laugh and have fun and you can order some smoothies or hot cocoa or coffee to help you get through your day of studying.”
Spielbound is a local board game cafe located at 33rd and Harney in Omaha, just south of midtown crossing. The cafe has over 1,500 games and houses the largest collection of board games in the United States. Frequent customer, Ryan Mueller, says his favorite game to play at Spielbound is dungeons and dragons. He brings his friends to come with him at least once a week.
“Board games do something that we don’t really often do anymore which is just social interaction. It’s forced social interaction, but it’s fun, it’s engaging and it’s a great way to connect with people over something common.”
Mueller says he always tries to leave a player open sign at his table because he is very open about letting people join in. Customers are allowed to bring their own board games as long as they buy drinks. The menu has a wide variety from fruit smoothies to craft beer to wine.
Allison Zadina, who is currently a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha has only visited Spielbound once. She plans on going back with friends multiple times during the semester to relieve stress and have a drink with friends.
“I thought it was a really fun place to go to play games with friends, drink some coffee. It was just a really fun experience to meet new people and bond with them.”
For the UNO School of Communication, I’m Sydney Dhabalt.