Unplug, relax and reconnect at Downtown Plymouth business
BY JOE ZYLKA
In today’s busy electronic world, it can be difficult for one to put down their devices for many reasons. One is because most devices are full of games and entertainment, where the user can play against the computer or against their peers in a lonely, computerized environment, far away from any physical contact or spoken words with the other parties.
That is where Christopher Erwin has a problem.
Erwin and his wife, Angela Space, were sick and tired of the technology craze of the 21st century, with people buried six feet deep into their phones and having less and less human interaction. Together they founded 3&UP Board Game Lounge last July in the heart of Downtown Plymouth in an effort to promote interaction between families and friends.
“It is a board game lounge with over 1,000 games designed to fit every demographic,” said Erwin. “We have games from the 1950s and 60s all the way up to the popular games of today. Games are organized into seven categories: family, children, strategy, abstract strategy, war, party and themed.”
Many businesses like 3&UP have been popping up all over Metro Detroit because there is a reignited passion for games and interaction, especially from parents who are concerned with the amount of “screen time” their children are receiving.
However, there are many who doubt a board game lounge will be able to attract enough customers to stay afloat, but Erwin thinks he has that problem solved.
“We do offer memberships that give members a 50 percent discount. We also have two party rooms that are great for hosting field trips, birthday parties, clubs, retirement homes and even engagement wedding showers,” said Erwin.
The 3&UP staff is required to have a good knowledge on most of the games in the lounge, and they encourage guests to try new games as well. Every Thursday at 7 p.m., 3&UP hosts “Learn and Play,” where the staff chooses a game and teaches the customers how to play. There is also a snack bar, which only serves foods and drinks from Michigan-based companies.
“I went there last summer with some friends. The workers were very passionate about the electronic-free concept, which I think will get more people into it,” said Jana Boster, Schoolcraft student. “I really like the idea behind it myself. People need to step away from their technology once in a while and have some fun with people they care about.”
Boster added that since there are not many places for teens or young adults to hang out at anymore, 3&UP gives them a cool place to go.
3&UP Board Game Lounge
630 South Main Street
Monday-Thursday 3 p.m. to midnight
Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight