Update Blog: Happy Piranha Shop Move, Café and Geek Club Project in Truro
If you've haven't heard the news already... we're going on an adventure next door... and it's going to take a year!
We've signed the lease for the building next door. It'll allow us more store space at Happy Piranha as well as room for a café and space to host a geek/gaming club, with a function room or two upstairs, which we're aiming to open in 2022.
We'll use this blog to keep you informed of how the project is going.
We're moving from our little store at the top of Pydar street in Truro, Cornwall (the black one on the left in the image above) to the much larger building next door.
One half will be the Happy Piranha shop, the other will be a café with a mix of drop-in and bookable space, light bites and, we hope, some cool clubs and membership benefits in the future too.
We want this to be a space that clubs, groups and individuals can enjoy alike, so are keen to know how people would like to see it used.
We're wanting to theme some of the rooms to make them a fun place to hang out, meet up and play too.
If you're nearby and looking to organise or run any leagues or clubs; from chess to board games, DnD to cosplay, or knitting to quizzing to cribbage, we'd be interested to hear your ideas, so that we can hit the ground running with things for you to do.
What does it look like currently?
Here's the area where the shop will be.
Here's where the café will be.
And here's what will be the principal function room upstairs.
As you can see, we've got our work cut out! A lot needs doing, but we're excited to have this blank canvas to work with.
We'll update below as progress is made - don't forget to keep checking back and as always, we'd love to hear your ideas - give us a shout via social media or email.
Progress so far
Here's what we've been up to so far.
We became strippers for a week
We're working in what will be the principal function room to try and bring out the best in it's period features and turn it into somewhere epic to hang out.
Underneath the layers of white paint, there's some pretty cool woodwork that we want to show off in its original glory.
It's slow work, but we think it's worth it!
We got hot and steamy
We've also stripped off the horrible textured wall paper using a steamer to help highlight the decorative cornice work around the ceiling.
We've got some cool ideas for this ceiling...
We gave the windows some love
Since they've been sitting unused for a while, some of the wooden windows are in need of love and care. We've taken them out to make repairs and give them a fresh coat of paint.
We brought out the big boys tools
We're running out of innuendos for update headings now so this may be the last of those.
Recently Happy Piranha Team member Matt (who also makes the glass art you can find in store), has been using his crafty hands for less delicate matters - to help uncover the original fireplace in the principal function room.
As well as bringing the Floo Network to Cornwall, we think reinstating this original feature will help give this room that epic edge. If you check out the picture below, there's an interesting slate vein that runs through the brickwork too.
We earmarked an area for the tavern
It may look like a pile of rubble at the moment (that's because it is), but a lot of you expressed the want for a tavern themed room to play your DnD campaigns in.
We've earmarked this cosy nook, which used to be a set of changing rooms in the downstairs of the building, as a potential place.
There's a bit of sweeping up to do before we invite our first punters in though. It seems the previous builders left all their rubbish behind the walls!
Hoping it will be a cool space for DnD and other TTRPG groups to book!
We welcomed the scaffolders
Now it really looks like something's happening! The scaffolding has arrived along with the team at AA scaffolding to put it up.
This will be used to help get up high and fix any parts in the roof that aren't quite water tight. We wouldn't want any of our geeky activities getting dripped on!
The sun seems to have given us it's blessing today, it obviously approves of gaming and fun.
We uncovered a little bit of History
We reclaimed some pew pew pews!
We were lucky enough to pick up some lovely pews from an old Methodist church that is going to be redeveloped.
With a little bit of care and creativity, we're looking forward to turning these into some cool looking (and comfy) booths for part of the downstairs café area!
We plundered a treasure chest!
When we saw this big booty holder we had to pick it up to add some thematic style to the place. The question is - what do we put in it? - Gold? Kittens? Mad eye Moody?
Keep up to date
Also, if you have any fun ideas for how this space could be used, let us know! While we can't promise anything, we're keen to collect ideas for how you'd like to use this space and what it may need to do so, so that we can incorporate some of it into the project as we go.