A ‘very geeky cafe’ for boardgame fans is set to open its doors in the centre of Preston.
Dice and Donuts, the idea of mum-of-two Millie Lavelle, is expected to be open to families from the end of October, with a library of more than 300 games.
I absolutely love board games; there is nothing more amazing than watching someone play a new board game for the first time.Millie Lavelle
The 34-year-old organised a Table Top Day earlier this year, which attracted nearly 200 people from across the country, and has now won a competition to launch her new venture.
Millie’s business was started following her success in Preston Business Improvement District’s Guild Merchants of the Future competition, run alongside Preston Council and the Chamber of Commerce.
Millie, who lives in Ashton, said: “Dice and Donuts is a boardgame cafe and based around the idea of things that have happened in other places – they are incredibly popular in places like China and Shanghai.
“The idea is there will be a curated library of board games, much more than Monopoly and Cluedo.
“We will have staff on hand who can teach you the rules and help you set up.
“There’s going to be 300 games and we are hoping to add more and more.”
The new venture, set to open on Butler Street, will also be a cafe serving coffee, cakes, and locally sourced produce.
Millie said: “I absolutely love board games; there is nothing more amazing than watching someone play a new board game for the first time.
“And there’s that satisfaction of a well-run shop and the nice hospitality side of it.
“We are opening a very, very geeky cafe.”
North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce president Norman Tenray, who will mentor Millie as she takes her first steps in business, said: “I am delighted for Millie.
“She had an original idea and she has been able to see it through.
“Millie has seen a gap in the market and grasped it and I believe Dice and Donuts will prove to be a huge hit in Preston.
“It should also attract people from further afield to the city as this type of business gains in popularity.
“I look forward to spending more time with Millie, helping her to develop the business further, and of course enjoying a drink over a good old game of Monopoly!”
The other winners in the Guild Merchants of the Future competition were Richard Lowthian of the Ham and Jam Coffee Shop, which has now secured premises in Lancaster Road, Alisa Bowen, of interior design studio Inside Studio, and Pulled Pig Meat Bar and Coffee Shop owners, brothers William and John Walne.