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!
One part will be a themed café, 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 going 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 one half.
Here's the other.
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.
Progress so far...
Here's what we've been up to so far, with the most current progress first.
We've Begun Jazzing up the Japan Area and Saved a Door.
The Tori Gate has been painted, the floor is down and we've begun adding some of the bamboo accents to the walls in our area inspired by Japan.
We also managed to find this old Chapel door, which once used to belong a a Chapel nearby in Newquay. It shall get a new lease of life in our medieval themed area!
We've Started Touching up the Tavern
We've finished the wood panelling in the Tavern, added the window that we made and started adding a textured finish to the upper half of the walls to add a more rustic feel.
We've Painted Pillars and Put in Panels
We've been reusing more reclaimed pallet wood to panel the inside of our Tavern room and have also painted this pillar by the Japanese themed area with a cool red and white wave pattern.
We've Crafted Wonderful Windows
We've been working on some windows for the Medieval inspired area. The first is inspired by a carriage window, using layers of laser cut wood and the other a stained glass church style one utilising a sheet of acrylic.
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!
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!
Tori, tills and tabletops
We pieced together a pop-up
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 uncovered a little bit of History
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 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 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 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 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 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!
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.