On Wednesday Dec. 7, the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Bricks and Boards Plus, a local store offering all types of Legos and board games that are guaranteed to bring hours of fun to children and adults alike.
Bricks and Boards Plus is located in the North Georgia Premium Outlet Mall and has been open for about six months. According to owner Jon Donovan, opening the store came out of his wife’s and his own personal love of gaming.
“This is our brain child; we’ve been gamers since I’ve known her,” Jon Donovan said. “I’ve been selling Legos since I was 10 probably so this is kind of a passion of mine; it all came together.”
Together with their sons Zach and Kyle and other family friends, the couple carefully chooses each of the items they offer in their store.
“All the inventory you see is all stuff that we love and play ourselves, so everything was curated by friends and family here,” Susan Donovan said. "For us, this is really special; it’s a fun passion of the family.”
The space that the store is in became available, and their friend Bob Runnicles happened to be retiring from his position down in Florida, so he came up to fill the role of store manager. The store officially opened about six months ago, and since then the Donovans said that they have grown their list of regular customers.
“We’ve been here for six months and I feel like we’re creating an impact on the community; we have a lot of regulars,” Jon Donovan said.
In addition to offering a wide range of Legos and games, Bricks and Boards Plus also includes a special room designed to allow community members of all ages to enjoy coming in and playing games together.
“We wanted a space where kids and adults could come and not be on their phone all the time and be face-to-face,” Jon Donovan said. “We wanted to create a ‘third space’ where people could come, so they’ve got work, school, here.”
Before cutting the ribbon for the business, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Mandy Power and Board Chair Shannon Voss each welcomed the Donovans to the chamber and expressed their excitement to have Bricks and Boards Plus in the community.
“I am more than impressed; this is so nice and refreshing to just take a step away from electronics and to have something that you’re interacting with someone right in front of you,” Voss said.
“We could not be more thrilled to finally get out here and see Bricks and Boards,” Power said. “We’ve heard so many rumblings in the community about it, so it’s so awesome to have something like this in our community.”
Bricks and Boards Plus is located at 802 Georgia 400 South Suite 120 and is open Monday through Wednesday from noon to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. For more information about the business, go to https://www.bricksandboardsplus.com/.