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Finding Neverland

Man opens new game store in Waynesboro

Man opens new game store in Waynesboro

June 08, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Tell Tinkerbell that after going to the "second star to the right and straight on to morning," she also should take a right off Md. 60.

Neverland now is in Waynesboro.

Painted brass street lamps with white globes are scattered around Neverland Games, which has an exposed brick wall and painted tin ceiling 14 feet above the hardwood floors. Renovations at 4 E. Main St. were designed to be reminiscent of London in the era of Peter Pan.

"If I had gone to any other town, I don't think I could've found a place that looks like this. It wouldn't have this vibe," Tony Vigil said, praising the efforts of building owner Josh Dell.

Vigil opened Neverland Games on March 25 and hosted a grand opening event earlier this month. While business was slow at first, Vigil said it has picked up, and he has no regrets about opening in Waynesboro.

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"I'm really blessed to have this space," Vigil said.

The store has games for ages 3 and older, encompassing genres including science fiction, education, puzzles and standard board games for families. What it does not have are video games that keep children connected to television sets.

"I think they miss out on a lot of social interactions that can only be good for their development in the long run," Vigil said. "Any of the products we have in here, they provide a means for individuals to interact with others in a way that no video games can."

Renovations are continuing in the back of the store for what Vigil calls "the family room." There, he hopes to give people the opportunity to play games, meet others and participate in tournaments.

"This is a place that's very family-friendly. All are welcome," Vigil said. "It's a place that's more about community."

Games offered at the store range in price from $1 to $100, although some reach closer to $300. Family board games are priced between $25 and $50.

While the store offers a few Monopoly sets, customers shouldn't expect to see too many familiar titles.

"These games are far superior to games you'll find at Wal-Mart, Target, big-box stores," Vigil said.

Instead, most of the games come from small companies. Vigil had a hand in creating one, and purchases others that have generated buzz on the Internet.

"I don't necessarily like to play all the games I have, but I know they're good games," Vigil said.

Hours for Neverland Games are Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For information, call 717-655-5347.

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