A local, online alternative to the web giants for your board games and more.
Lumberjack Games is a relatively new business offering a local, independent service from their base in Walton, selling board games online, delivered to your door.
No matter what our best intentions to shop local and support independent retailers it can be quite difficult, so it's exciting to find someone providing a local online alternative and making it easy for us.
Lumberjack Games is husband and wife team, Gareth and Katie. The pair are well known locally as members of a local church and Gareth, in a previous role, sat next to me at S40 Local helping with design work.
Lumberjack Games launched in January this year ... and we all know what happened on 23 March 2020 (if you need reminding it was the start of lockdown). Great timing as we all looked for ways to keep ourselves entertained whilst being stuck at home.
Gareth is keen to point that "We're not real life Lumberjacks, but the idea of living in a cabin in the woods certainly appeals to us, mostly so we could light a fire and play a good board game without worrying about any phones buzzing or TVs blaring. If you're anything like us, you long to get back to the basics, when life was much simpler, and sleep came much easier.
"Our aim is to make life easy for you. We want it to be easy to find a game to suit everyone, whether you're a hard core board game nut, or you're a regular Jack who hasn't played a game in 20 years. Hopefully our website is really easy to find your way around, and really easy to see something you might fancy."
To sum the business up perfectly - they're friendly, a kick back at technology - using the tag #GoodOldFamilyFun - spot on.
Gareth and Katie know that not everyone has the privilege of a loving family to spend their evenings and weekends with. Every year over 40,000 children in the UK have to go into care, to put that into perspective, that's one child every 15 minutes.
So 10p from each order goes to Home for Good, a UK based charity committed to finding homes for vulnerable children, and supporting families.
They also aim to ship responsibly using recyclable or reusable packaging.
Please see the advert below for contact details and think of them for your Christmas shopping. The cut-off for orders to get to you before Christmas is 22 December, and they aim to deliver all local orders the same or next working day.
Words: Paul Chapman