Dr. Kimberly Roller opened Mulligan's Gaming to give people of all ages a safe place to gather and play games. The store also offers a wide variety of games and accessories.
There is a new business in Kingsport offering family fun and entertainment, along with skill and concentration. Mulligans Gaming opened up in Colonial Heights a month ago and, with consistently steady business, has filled a need in the area for a place for gamers to gather and play with other interested individuals.
Dr. Kimberly Roller, owner, was introduced to a game, Magic: The Gathering, months earlier by a friend and has been playing ever since. She was with a group of fellow gamers talking about how nice it would be to have a place where people could come together in the local community and play. From that discussion, more talks took place and the store was eventually opened.
"We wanted to provide a place where families can try out games in a nice atmosphere, have someone explain how to play, hang out and just enjoy playing," said Roller. "Everyone can learn how to play our games."
Roller's two children, ages 6 and 8, can play most of the games in the store. Even though Roller is a family physician, she laughingly comments "my children think it is very cool that mom owns a game store."
The games in their store are not your typical Scrabble or Clue like you would find in retail stores, but include Kaijudo, Star Wars X-Wing, Game of Thrones Living Card Game, Mage Wars, Star Trek Attack Wing and Warhammer (40K and Fantasy) and a variety of other games.
There are tables in the store, covered with play mats to protect the playing cards, along with a shelf full of demo games to play. If you try one out and like it, they have them available to purchase in the store. Even if a game seems challenging or difficult to start, the staff at Mulligans Gaming is ready and willing to assist.
According to Roller, one goal of the store is to encourage kids to limit television and solo video games so they interact with peers by playing group games. In the future, they would like to hold classes on gaming and strategy and also camps for kids during the summer.
"We encourage people or families to come out and try our demo games. We'll point you in the right direction for what you are looking for and take into consideration the skill level of the ages playing. We are a safe place where kids and families can enjoy playing games," said Roller.
Mulligans Gaming also sells accessories for games, such as dice, card sleeves, and play mats for games. They have a large assortment of Magic: The Gathering playing cards, and will buy, sell and trade cards. For fans of this game, they hold Friday night tournaments.
In the future, they plan on holding more game tournaments, such as for Star Wars X-Wing miniature games.
Mulligans Gaming is located at 5334 Fort Henry Drive, Unit 4, Kingsport. Pre-packaged snacks and drinks are available for purchase in the store. Children 13 and under need to be accompanied by a parent.
For more information on Mulligans Gaming, contact owner Dr. Kimberly Roller or manager Adam Berry at 423-406-1580. Follow Mulligans Gaming on Facebook for current gaming information or on their website at www.mulligansgaming.com.