Photo by Julia Hart
Turtle Lounge owner Andy Cervantes helps video game player Esau Beltran, 8, chose a game at the lounge, now open on South Sixth Street.
As of Tuesday, August 15, 2017
SUNNYSIDE It’s taken a little longer than business owner Andy Cervantes had hopes to open his video game lounge. Nearly two months longer, he said.
Thanks to constant updates on the Turtle Lounge Facebook page, friends and family have been eagerly waiting for the official opening announcement.
Saturday, the electronic game lounge at 429 S. Sixth Street opened and on Aug. 19, a grand opening is planned to introduce the community to the variety of game consoles the new shop boasts.
Among those video game consoles are PS Virtual Reality, PS4, XBox, WiiU and all the games one can desire, he said.
A snack bar and a regular sized pool table complete the interior.
In addition, Cervantes, 31, has board games and tables for the more traditional players.
He said he got the idea for his lounge after visiting the PlayLive Nation centers in local malls.
“I think Sunnyside is ready for this type of business,” he said.
Cervantes who admits to being a huge gaming fan, said he chose the name “Turtle Lounge” for his shop because of his love of turtles.
“I’d like to get a real one for the shop,” he said.
He hopes to have the turtle become the shop mascot.
“We’ve mostly advertised in Facebook, and a couple of print media have picked up our story,” he said.
Unlike the stand-up video game arcade of the 80s, the video lounges of today feature sofas for “relaxed” gaming.
Cervantes, who lives in Grandview, has some business background as a service manager for a uniform company.
“I’ve noticed the increases number of people — both kids and adults — frequenting places like PlayLive Nation. I thought why not try it here,” he said.
A similar type of gaming shop in Grandview known as Hazely’s Realm LLC, features both card and video games.
For the rest of the summer, Cervantes will have the shop open from noon to 10 p.m. daily and noon to midnight on weekends, “…depending on the traffic.”
If we do well, I’d like to offer some computer ware, so players can create their own video games, but that may be a while in the future,” he said.