Update Blog: Happy Piranha 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 while!
We've signed the lease for the building next door. One half will be a themed cafe, the other will be space for gaming, clubs and other such groups - whatever you do to get together!
We'll use this blog to keep you informed of how the project is going.
We're expanding our horizons from our little store at the top of Pydar street in Truro, Cornwall (the black one on the left in the image above) to include the much larger building next door.
One half will be space for gaming, clubs and groups, with a mix of drop-in and bookable space, the other will be a café. We hope to be the home of some cool clubs and possibly offer some 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 is started as...
Here's the area where the gaming space 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?
We partitioned things
After a bit of delays with builders, lockdowns and Christmas stuff, we're finally back at it with some noticeable change!
We've started splitting up what will be the café and gaming/function space by adding some partitions. The left of the building will be table space for gaming, clubs and other such stuff (we're thinking of going with a sci-fi/space ship theme there).
The right will be a mixture of themed café space (we've got ideas of Viking, medieval and oriental inspired for this side.
We experienced true level
As the front of the floor is sloped, we've put in a new level floor so that you don't all slide off your seats. As you can see, Josh has been experiencing true level (If you watched that Rick and Morty episode, you'll know what that's about)
We got dusty plasterboarding
We've been doing the finickity job of plasterboarding parts of the front of the building and the ceiling for protection and to give some fresh surfaces to decorate.
Lots of annoying angles to work out here, so we're glad this bit is done!
We added a new lick of paint outside
We've started to make the front of the building look a bit more fresh by giving it a bit of a power wash and a new first coat of paint.
We're sure the seagulls will defile it before we open, but we'll give it a second coat before then.
We made toilets and tills
We built a new entranceway/walkway to the toilets, so that the door isn't opposite the counter. We've also started to create the first bit of the till area too!
We built the foundations of a tea house
We constructed the raised floor seating area that will form part of our café section inspired by Japan, where you'll be able to sit in a comfy floor seating and imagine you're in your very own Japanese tea house.
We pieced together a pop-up
Tori, tills and tabletops
We added sci-fi structure
We've started work on the left side of the building which will be sci-fi spaceship themed table space.
We've started by putting some frames around the pillars and beams to create the foundations for our space ship interior!
We've been making the Medieval
We've been working on the Medieval / Viking inspired section at the front of the building, fixing the cool reclaimed church pews in place, and re-using some of the lovely aged old loft beams to add some character!
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.