Evanston Games & Cafeis creating Inclusive Community Gaming Space
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You're amazing! Patrons at this tier can come by once a month for a free entree and drink. In addition, you'll get free access to our supply of acrylic paint and brushes. Come by and use them any time! There are ceramic pieces available for $5 each, and you're also encouraged to BYO minis or other projects.
About Evanston Games & Cafe
You are the ones who make so much of this possible. Keeping a brick-and-mortar shop above water in Evanston is tough - let alone a board game shop - but you've helped to make it happen.
There's no denying that EGC has been growing, but with our business model, income tends to go toward expanding our inventory, providing employees with additional hours, and general upkeep and maintenance of the store. We're eager to make some much-needed expansions and improvements, and continued community support will be enormously helpful in making that a reality. With the help of the incredible "patronage" we've reached our first goal of adding electrical outlets to the cafe bar to facilitate those long hours of homework, coding, and more. We've also upped our cafe output with a double-wide panini press, and have installed additional storage! Future goals include improved air conditioning and other accommodations in our back room and additional updates to the kitchen, such as increased fridge space for grab-and-go cold sandwiches and salads.
Why a Patreon instead of a one-time fundraiser or cash infusion?
While the stated goals are at the top of the list right now, so much more will be possible with a sustained bump to the store's monthly income. Most importantly, it's a core value of the EGC team to provide competitive wages to employees. We're beating the Evanston minimum wage right now, but would like to increase that to at least $15/hour sooner rather than later. Long-term, we'd like to have access to larger event spaces in downtown Evanston. Someday Eli should actually pay himself a reasonable salary. The possibilities are endless, and we'll be listening to community requests throughout our (hopefully) continued growth.
Along the way, EGC will continue to prioritize inclusivity and a welcoming atmosphere for guests of diverse ideas, beliefs, worldviews, and experiences. As our code of conduct states, we strive to provide a space that is family-friendly and comfortable for people of all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, gender identities and expressions, sexual orientations, ages, appearances, and abilities. Thank you for always helping us work toward that goal!